Jon Sheer, Tokyo, Japan Member Since January 2008 Artist Statement Jon is a 35 year-old American photographer who is a permanent resident of Japan born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area but firmly rooted in Tokyo, where he has lived for over 13 years. His main fields of photographic interest include travel/adventure photography, architecture, landscapes, and Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
The bulk of Jon’s artistic vision is primarily expressed through high dynamic range photography (HDR), which allows him to fully convey the true depth and feeling of his subject matter in an often hyper-real yet strikingly intimate fashion. His deep understanding of Japanese language and culture combined with his inherently keen Western eye provides him with a unique perspective which he infuses into his syncretic creations that blend East and West and meld the past, present, and future.
A portion of his work is on semi-permanent exhibit exclusively at the Toast Gallery in Paris, France (http://www.toastgallery.com) and was selected to represent Japan in the 2009 edition of the Relais Et Chateaux Asia guidebook, an exclusive collection of images detailing 475 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 55 countries. He is also a Getty Images Contributor and was chosen as Imagekind's Featured Artist for the month of November, 2008 and is scheduled to be the Featured Artist in the October issue of Bluecanvas magazine. He also has an exhibit entitled, "The Past Is the Future, and the Future Is Now: Eternal Japan" that runs through the end of July 2009 at Grail in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo and is scheduled to unveil his firstinstallation at NOS Ebisu in Tokyo starting at the end of August 2009.
Primary cameras and lenses used:
Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D700
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR, Nikon 50mm F1.4S, Nikon AF-S TC-14E II1.4x teleconverter, combination of Singh-Ray, Tiffen, and Lee filters
Please note that every picture listed in the gallery is limited to a run of 20 prints each in order to maximize the uniqueness and exclusivity of these images--once they're sold out they're gone for good, so be sure to get them while supplies last!
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