Battling the Mistral
For over 10 years ocean photographer Jonathan Chritchley has been working with horses that have adapted to a maritime environment, living in extreme and inhospitable conditions, from the harsh wetlands of the Camargue in southern France, to the freezing black beaches and lava fields of Iceland. "I am always touched by how gentle and curious these incredible animals actually are", he says, "and working with them is not only a privilege, but a very emotive experience."
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Jonathan Chritchley is one of the foremost ocean photographers in the world today. His instantly recognisable work is seen around the world in exhibitions, galleries, magazines and books, and form part of many fine art collections internationally. He also speaks and presents his work at photography and sailing events worldwide. His first book, SILVER, a 136 page art book, was published in January 2014.
Jonathan was included in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Photographers of All Time, and in
Professional Photography Magazine Top 100 Photography Heroes. He was honoured by the Royal Geographical Society in 2016 and made a Fellow.
Originally from the south of England, he now lives with his wife and young family close to Biarritz in the south of France, but travels regularly around the world to create his distinctive ocean-based photographs.
"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. "