Jon is a highly experienced illustrative colour 'location' photographer, specialising in air-to-air portraits. In his own words:
'To me, aircraft are the most beautiful machines that man has created, couple this with the environment in which they operate, makes air-to-air photography one of the most spellbinding and rewarding work places'.
For nearly 15 years he was one of the prime photographers for the US based travel guide publishers Berlitz, their 'Pocket' and 'Discovery guides' still sell worldwide. He traveled the world for them many times over and illustrated over 100 books on an exclusive basis. Lonely Planet Travel Guides represent Jon's work, so his work appears on many of their covers as well. His passion though, as far back as he can remember has always been aviation. He decided that he would use the same criteria of strong colours and design elements in his aviation images that he used in his travel and commercial work. He set up 'Eye in the Sky Productions' in 1999 to service the Australasian aviation/defence industries. Since that time Eye in the Sky has grown considerably. He is a completely self-taught photographer as well as a graphic designer and digital artist. He finds Photoshop the most enjoyable and rewarding tool he has ever had the pleasure to work with. So much so that he uses it every day. He says:
"I now think in terms of this tool and it has become an essential part of today's image making process. It has not replaced photography, nor will it, it is simply another important aspect of the craft of image making".
Jon has published over 18 of his own books, and has been a Photoshop trainer for 9 years.
Click here to see the Feb 2017 expose of Jon in the f.11 Magazine (15MB pdf).
JON ON LOCATION
Apart from self portraits, I include some of the background shots on location that have been taken by my work colleagues, pilots, assistants etc. Special thanks to; David Adamson (Specialist Helicopters), Alexis Bachofen, Jackson Davison, Sqn Ldr Andy Heard (RAF Leeming), Alan Bacchelli and Brad Entwistle (Image 7).