JONATHAN CHRITCHLEY is one of the foremost fine art photographers in the world today. His instantly recognisable work is seen globally in exhibitions, galleries, magazines and books, and form part of many fine art collections internationally. His regular clients include Ralph Lauren, Ritz Carlton, Fortuny and Vogue Magazine. Jonathan also speaks and presents his work at photography and sailing events worldwide, and is the founder and owner of Capture Earth and Ocean Capture, two companies specialising in luxury photography workshops & tours.
Born in London, England, Jonathan became infatuated with the sea after moving to the famous sailing town of Lymington on the country's south coast at the age of 14. Years later, having moved to the South of France, he gave up a successful career as a marketing and brand director in order to return to his true passion; a combination of the sea and fine art photography. He has now worked in over 35 countries, including Mozambique, India, China, Cambodia, Norway, Greenland and Tanzania.
Jonathan was named one of the 'Top 100 Photographers of All Time' by both the UK's Sunday Times newspaper and Professional Photographer Magazine. His first book, SILVER, a 136 page fine art edition, was published in 2014, and in 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS),
An active supporter of ocean conservation, Jonathan lives in the Bay of Saint-Tropez in the South of France, with his wife and two children.
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"In today's hyperactive, overpopulated world, our minds are never at peace. We constantly run from one thing to the next, rarely reflecting on our lives, on our dreams, or on what we really want or need. The mind is like water; only able to reflect when it is perfectly still. Jonathan Chritchley's stunning photography is an invitation to throw away the superfluous. His choice of black and white combined with the purity and simplicity of his chosen subject matter encourages us to escape the madness of our modern societies, and seek refuge in his ocean of tranquility. "
PIERRE-YVES COUSTEAU,Cousteau Divers
I have never seen a picture by Jonathan that is not complete in itself: beautifully conceived, exquisitely rendered and unreliant on its context. From the impressiveness of a sailing boat in full regalia or a majestic watery landscape, to the quietness of light shining on a choppy sea or the simplicity of a single billowing sail. Allow yourself to be drawn in. It is a place worth being.
ELIZABETH ROBERTS, Editor Black & White Photography Magazine
'Of course I like to have the best equipment available, and having experimented with various medium format systems, which did not perform well in the rather extreme environments in which I work, I find myself continuing to use the most recent Nikon 850 camera bodies. These cameras, particularly when teamed with Zeiss lenses, give remarkable results in terms of quality of image and are very resistant to water, extreme heat and cold. However for 'fair-weather' sea and landscape work I do sometimes use the Hasselblad X1D body and a variety of lenses.'
Nikon D850 X 3
Nikon MB-D18 battery grips x 3
Zeiss 21mm F2.8 Distagon
Zeiss 28mm F2 Distagon
Zeiss 50mm F1.4 Planar
Zeiss 85mm F1.4 Planar
Nikon 14-24mm F2.8
Nikon 24-70mm F2.8
Nikon 70-200mm F2.8
Nikon 200-400mm F4
Nikon 500mm F4
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