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Jonathan Sage

Portfolio of the day

June 01, 2016


Who are you?

I’m Jonathan, an architect and aspiring photographer. Shortly before I left for a year-long journey around the globe in 2014, I made the daring decision to trade in my weighty DSLR gear for a smaller Fujifilm rangefinder camera. I found this change to be a lot of fun and my love for photography was instantly reborn. Since returning to Europe, I settled in Munich and tried my hand in wedding and family photography, albeit with a photojournalistic approach. I love capturing human connection and emotion, a style which I developed during my travels. 


What are you inspired by?

Where to start with that question?! There are many things that inspire me. If I had to choose one thing it would be going somewhere new and unfamiliar, getting to know a new culture and simply observing or meeting ordinary people going about their daily lives. 


What was the last movie you watched?

I enjoy watching documentaries and recently watched 'The Salt of the Earth', a documentary film about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. I was inspired to watch it after seeing an exhibition of his work in Munich. And I wasn't disappointed - it was a fascinating movie.


What was the last book you read?

I’m currently reading 'Moods of Future Joys' by Alastair Humphreys, a book about an extraordinary trip around the world by bicycle. 


Do you have any role model?

Naturally I admire documentary travel photographers such as Steve McCurry and Sebastião Salgado, as well as street photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Maier and many of the Magnum Photographers. 


What is your next creative project?

This July I will be traveling to the Ladakh region of the High Himalayas in northern India with my wife on our honeymoon. Through my own documentary style I wish to photograph the Buddhist way of life in these remote regions of the Himalayas. I am also trying out film photography for the first time with my grandfather’s Leica III.


What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I was looking for a minimalistic website design to showcase my portfolio of work. Portfoliobox provides an excellent easy-to-use platform where I am able to update my photographs without hassle. 

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