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Jonathan V Tan

Jonathan V Tan



"My way of telling every living being out there to appreciate the beauty of our world - through my photography, through my pictures" Given the privilege of growing up on the island of North Borneo with memories of tropical rainforests and picturesque islands, Jonathan has had the opportunity of witnessing the diversity of nature at its best and most beautiful. His close encounters with wildlife later in life propelled him to transform images of such encounters into works of art. He believes that this invaluable privilege encourages a better appreciation of nature, which he strives to share with others. Jonathan further believes that spectacle sights are thoroughly wasted when not cherished or remembered. Most of his budding years were spent studying in Australia where he was able to explore the great island’s landscapes with trips to panoramic sites. These excursions prompted his venture into understanding the use of colors, tones, and forms in photography. The need to convey his feelings and emotions from his three dimensional journeys on prints and canvases is what he believes to be the role of every photographer. Jonathan is based in Sandakan, Sabah with two galleries, showcasing his work in Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. Capturing The Image Growing up in Borneo has given Jonathan the upper hand in knowing the locales of the island. He specializes in capturing nature and landscapes of areas, not merely within Borneo but other parts of the world as well, such as Australia, United States and Europe. His research, precision and timing in capturing images are qualities that make his photographs uniquely his. Through his pictures, Jonathan hopes for people to not only be able to witness Borneo in a different light from the confines of their homes but also appreciate the diversity of the island and all that it has to offer.

Project: Semporna

Published June 14th, 2013

The Project : Semporna photography collection is a showcase of breath-taking pictures of various islands off Semporna, a town located in Tawau at the East Coast of Sabah. The striking colours of island features are sharply photographed to illustrate the existence of life on these islands.

Wooden shanties built along the sea shore housed the sea gypsies who have claimed the islands as their home. Their makeshift houses are stark contrast to the golden sandy beaches where they are built on, reflecting old village life on the ‘other side of the neighbourhood’ of Sabah that is truthfully captured by the lenses of a modern camera.

Along the sandy stretched beaches, rows and rows of coconut trees stand proudly tall like ‘cheerleaders’ to the cooling sea breeze. The skies are perfect azure and the sea, mesmerizingly bluish green. Under an old aged tree, children of the islands play wantonly as they wait for their parents to return from a day’s work at sea.

Here, life is a perfect gl ...

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Project : MTK 12

Published June 14th, 2013

The Project : MTK12 collection captures the pinnacle beauty and pride of the Sabah people – the illustrious Mount Kinabalu. A variant of the common trails normal climbers would often take, the project team took the ‘road less travelled’ with the sole purpose to showcase never-before-seen locations and sceneries of the western part of the giant beauty.

Rugged and wild, the treks to Alexandra Peak, Victoria Peak, West Peak and Dewali seemed never ending to the human’s eyes. Secluded from the common travelled trails, the rocky treks boast among one of the many roughest and steepest terrains of Mount Kinabalu. Virgin and wild, the mountain is a beauty to be tamed.

The vertical climb is unforgettable; the view, unimaginable. Tough and wide, strong and mighty, the grandiorite boulders stood proudly tall displaying images of grey bodies, naturally-shaped by the gusty, cold winds of Borneo blowing fiercely for over thousands of years. Along the way to the top, humble wooden huts provide ...

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