Monthly Archives: September 2009

in transit

There’s something about airports, I can’t put my finger on what it is. I will do a fair bit of traveling next year with weddings in both Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America, which will inevitably mean a lot of airports. I both love and hate them at the same time. I love people watching. All of a sudden we share something, we are in transit, we’re on our way, going somewhere – we are travelers.

There’s beauty in that.

I love being able to sit down at a strange bar and order a drink or a local beer and maybe get something to eat. I say maybe, because that’s one of the problems right there, the food isn’t always all that. I love local food, but the food at airports resemble nothing of the sort. But there we are, the people in transit, nibbling away at a bowl of edamame at Narita Airport in Tokyo. Your body tells you it’s the middle of the night, your watch tells you something different and the sun a third. So you focus on the edamame and your beer. And you watch the people around you. Someone opens up the bottle of perfume he’s bought for his… wife and another reads the paper. A woman’s gate is called and she says goodbye to new acquaintances and rushes off. Then your gate is called and you take that last sip of beer and collect your things as the sun slowly sets over Tokyo. Or Singapore. Or Barcelona.

I don’t know why, but I love it.


September 30, 2009 - 2:14 pm

Kisha of Sahara Blue - *exhale* your use of the TS lens just blows my mind…and leaves me totally speechless.

September 30, 2009 - 3:03 pm

Alen Abdula - You would get arrested at Logan for this!!! :)

September 30, 2009 - 6:35 pm

Karins fotoblogg - Vilken skön känsla jag fick i kroppen av dina ord.

Från en icke så berest: tack!

September 30, 2009 - 8:41 pm

Kyle - I’m inspired to start using the t/s from a higher up angle. The perspective combined with the t/s effects is pretty sweet. Nice work, as always, Jonas.

October 1, 2009 - 7:40 am

Rickard - Damn TS is neat!!:D

October 12, 2009 - 1:10 am

Timothy E Kaldas - Jonas, I love airports for many of the same reasons. I love the peaceful moments in between transit when you have nothing to do besides peruse a duty free shop or have a drink and say hello to someone random. I always just love being in and headingsomewhere different and, at the same time, perhaps familiar thanks to a past visit.

October 12, 2009 - 1:37 pm

Nick - Alain de Botton has written about the joys of airports, you should check it out. From memory, it is in his book “The Art of Travel”.

November 3, 2009 - 3:18 pm

Teresa K - Wow Jonas…you are such a beautiful artist…I just adore your work and your words…

March 5, 2011 - 11:03 am

Lewis - I love them too. And train stations.

The comings and goings. That’s why. Bear-hug reunions when dad greets his baby girl home from university. Tearful goodbyes when half a couple has to go away (I always wonder why). Businessmen checking their watch wondering if they’ll make it home for tea.

I could sit and watch them for hours. But I have a plane/train/bus to catch.



September 28, 2009 - 11:05 am

rubyandjoy - Absolutely brilliant, I LOVE the single shots!

September 28, 2009 - 11:21 am

Luisa Brimble - fantastic images Jonas! i’ve never seen quite like your style. it’s such a signature.

September 28, 2009 - 1:58 pm

ken kienow - so what’s your liability coverage at these days?

;) AWESOME setting and capture.

September 28, 2009 - 2:02 pm

Jonas - You know, Ken, I was thinking EXACTLY that when I told them to go out on the bridge. But don’t tell them. Oh, hang on… Damn.

September 28, 2009 - 4:50 pm

Jo - That first shot is like a dressed up version of a 19th century cowboy shot in the wild west, “The day the railway came to Dodge”. Love it! :)

October 29, 2009 - 4:25 pm

John Cachero - Whoa. That shot on the train tracks is killer!

December 10, 2009 - 12:27 am

Joi - that first shot. mmmhmm, uh huh, yep


Shooting from a narrow half-rotten railway bridge with freezing gale-force winds threatening to blow me off.



September 27, 2009 - 4:05 pm

cj - Seriously. This is so good it is ridiculous. Great location and great execution.

September 27, 2009 - 4:13 pm

Edwina - Go the tilt-shift. Do you use the real deal or a processing technique?

September 27, 2009 - 4:14 pm

Jonas - I thought you knew me by now, Ed. I’m the real deal.

September 27, 2009 - 4:41 pm

Mary-Jane - This is amazing Jonas!!! I am absolutely addicted to your site, I make it a daily ritual to visit now! Great work, can’t wait to see more :-)

September 27, 2009 - 4:55 pm

Dosiss - And I dreamed this night that u came to shoot my wedding in England. But I’m already married and lives in france….

It’s loooks like u put the people on a miniature landscape; so cool and beautiful in the same time.

September 27, 2009 - 5:13 pm

Renee - Thats so nice. I love your site. Where was this shot?

September 27, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Jonas - @Renee: Yesterday in Stanthorpe, QLD.

September 27, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Kim - This is unbelievably great. You are an amazing talent. I can only imagine how the couple are going to react to this shot. x

September 27, 2009 - 6:31 pm

Tim - Rick and Bec are going to love this! Thanks for doing a fantastic job for one of my best mates.

September 27, 2009 - 7:52 pm

Carina - Wow! What a cool pic. They look lite little dolls.

September 27, 2009 - 8:43 pm

Kyle - FANTASTIC use of t/s! I love this shot! Question is this with the 24mm t/s or the 45mm?

September 27, 2009 - 8:50 pm

Jonas - Kyle: Cheers. It’s the 45mm.

September 27, 2009 - 10:03 pm

Kari Receptomaten - Jösses vad snyggt! Grattis massor!

September 27, 2009 - 10:05 pm

Bec - Speechless! Too perfect for words.

September 28, 2009 - 12:38 am

Karin - W-O-W!! What a perfect picture, they look like small dolls! You are sooooooo good! Teach us your minions!

September 28, 2009 - 1:04 am

James Moes - This is really, really nice.

September 28, 2009 - 1:23 am

Stefano - Another epic picture, really great stuff Jonas.

September 28, 2009 - 6:07 am

Märta Bus - This could probably be the most beautiful photo I´ve ever seen. You are very talented, Jonas, and your photo ideas are absolutely fantastic. If I ever get married I really, really hope that you will be our photographer/ Anna

September 28, 2009 - 6:10 am

Märta Bus - Just a tought tho, since you are afraid of heights, how did you manage? I´m even more impressed now ;-)

September 28, 2009 - 6:38 am

Jonas - For some reason the camera helps me focus on the task at hand, instead of the height. That seems to work.

September 28, 2009 - 8:31 am

pernilla - This picture is just amazing! Wonderful use of t/s and a fantastic landscape to put the people in.

September 28, 2009 - 12:50 pm

Bryan Aulick - Beautiful, of course. I enjoy the sultry shine of the rocks.

September 28, 2009 - 3:45 pm

matthew morgan - epic location. risking the janky bridge was apparently worth it.

September 28, 2009 - 4:27 pm

Kotte - WOW! One of the best weddingpics I have ever seen! You have great idéas, and execute them with perfection. Thank you for letting us take part of your photos.

A bit jealous, Australia have amasing landscapes is seems.

September 29, 2009 - 12:09 am

caroline - Glad you made it out okay! I’m sure it’s worth it to give that couple an insanely cool photo to hang up in their home/show their grandkids. “Back in my day, people were smaller…”

September 30, 2009 - 12:48 am

Olivia Leigh - amazing!

September 30, 2009 - 3:45 pm

Melejane - Wow, there is always something dreamy about your photos.

September 30, 2009 - 6:58 pm

jackie cooper - great shot, just love the effect of the 45 TS and you do it so well!

October 1, 2009 - 12:41 am

Emily Porter - Jonas.. I love this. It’s very fresh.. Captivating. Excellent work.

October 16, 2009 - 7:48 pm

Brian - Ottawa wedding photographer - what a great location for formals!

October 17, 2009 - 2:03 pm

Rowan Timothy Sims - Awesome photo, Jonas! I know the feeling, I often freeze my ass off when shooting weddings in my hometown Wellington, NZ.