keyword - Jon Nicholls

"It's so beautiful here! I want to come back someday!" - Elizabeth Gilbert

It's difficult to really, truly be 'in the moment'. How often have we reflected on a treasured memory, an event, show, a wedding, a time in our life, and thought, "it was such a blur, I remember it happening, but not really being there"?

In 2010 I sent a basic film camera around the world to friends in 15 countries as diverse as Russia, Germany, Argentina, Thailand, and the U.K.  It travelled 160,000km and through its  lens it recorded noisy festivals, quiet moments, olympic events, skyscrapers and rice fields. What struck me though was that the photographs that were most memorable and enduring were those that invoked a feeling, a connection.  

Welcome to my site.  Please take a moment to look through my work. My goal is to provide you with something you will look at again in 1, 5, 20, 50 years' time, a photo that endures and perhaps makes you smile..or think, or cry, or laugh.  Beyond trends, fads and effects, my work is simple and comes from years of practice, and really looking.   

Winston Churchill once wrote: "I apologise for the long letter, I didn't have time to write a short one".  That is the essence of my approach.  Simplicity trumps convoluted approaches.  As the great photographer David Hurn puts it: "Life as it unfolds in front of the camera is full of so much complexity, wonder and surprise that I find it unnecessary to create new realities. There is more pleasure, for me, in things as-they-are"

The simplicity comes from knowing what works and what endures.  I'll present you with photographs that are really meaningful and evoke real memories. Quality, not quantity.

I use both film and digital and most importantly, the 9.4 inches of grey matter behind the box of wires to capture the details and surprises, movement, stillness, energy and drama.

      Here's what some clients have said about my photographs: 

“We acknowledge that without you, the event would not have been such a success. Your photos were not only amazing, but extremely heartwarming. You truly have a talent. So from our team to yours, we thank you tremendously for all that you did” Queen’s University International Affairs Association

“They are just glorious, and I look forward to being able to share them with our community. Thank you for helping us to document this important community arts project” Melissa Mahady Wilton, Dance Education Coordinator, Grand Theatre, Kingston

"Your photos are absolutely stunning, I love what you have captured in people's faces.   Very beautiful, and so real!" H’art’s Accessible Arts Program

"Wonderful shots Jon!” Peggy Baker, Order of Canada Winner

“Full credit to Jon on each shot for his FANTASTIC work” Colin Doyle, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

“I wanted to start off by thanking you once again for the beautiful photos you took of the rehearsal for How We Are. We would love for you to shoot all the remaining shows of the festival” Kick and Push Festival, Festival Director

“I am blown away by your fantastic work. Thank you so much, you've managed to capture a real quality of the production. I hope you do work in Toronto as well, I'd love to keep your contact for future productions.” Mikaela Davies, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

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