Jon has lived most of his life in Michigan where he now resides with his wife and muse, Lynn. He is self-taught, but with considerable help and inspiration from others. Working in a commercial photography studio during college did not sway him from pursuing his degree in chemistry, but it did fuel a lifelong passion for photography.

Jon’s work is influenced by the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson for his composition and humor, Emmet Gowin for his intimate portraits, Irving Penn for his striking portraiture, and James Nachtwey who reminds us of  the power that photography has to change the world.

The belief that photographs have the power to change peoples minds and be a positive impact on the world drives Jon’s humanitarian work, both locally and in Guatemala.

Artist Statement 
Seeing beauty in “the everyday” takes intention. Part of that is living in the moment. That is, being fully present to what is available to the senses. Light, line and emotion are there if we are attentive and wait until we really see.

Making a worthy photograph requires me to live in the moment. That act alone enriches my life. Each photograph becomes a self-portrait.


Art Ventures Gallery, 409 West Main Street, Brighton, Michigan 48116
Mara Ikens


I am always pleased to discuss photography projects and invite you to connect with me.

by phone: 810.923.5954

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