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"Jonathan has photographed International Alert's work in three different continents. He always becomes part of the team, needs a minimum amount of support and delivers stunning images which convey a real sense of humanity."
Phil Vernon
Director of Programmes
International Alert
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Quality photography is absolutely essential to our brand. It’s who we are, what we do and the impact we have on the world. And that means working with a photographer like Jonathan, who understands what we are trying to achieve with our work."
THOM MCKAY,
Director of Communications
RTKL.COM
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset,
Vice President
InterGen Europe
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"We work with photographers that try to capture the essence of our work and reflect our company values in terms of design. Jonathan produces excellent results every time with creative flair. He is highly professional to work with as well as personable. "
Sean Collins & James Felstead
Directors of CGL Architects.
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"Jonathan Banks has captured the faces of different people that vividly represent the human side of the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace. "
EU Ambassador in Yerevan
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset
Vice President, InterGen Europe
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07

Oct

Architecture & interior photography

  • By Jonathan Banks

Architecture and interior photography are as much about the atmosphere of the space as the appearance. Our roll as visual story tellers means that we must understand and capture the essence of the design.

How do you showcase this in just a handful of photos? Close up details and specific features shot with a short depth of field do not inform the viewer of much more than what is in focus. Lifestyle photos including people show how the space is used and enjoyed but are challenging to organise.

It is rare to photograph any building or interior which is complete and not in use. I am always working around the public or the client.

I seek to show what makes the design of the space unique. In the case of photographing Nando’s restaurants, it is being able to taste the Peri-Peri in the pictures!

The new Blackpool Nando’s was designed by Harrison and is located at Squires Gate retail park. The restaurant features a unique swooping timber structure which has a painted timber lath canopy, planters, and pendant lighting to create a central zone in the floor plan. It also contributes to the new ‘super-coordinator’ concept design to create a strong guest focus on the servery area.

The fixed seating, which is backed with a sustainable cork lining, reinforces the central space and adds to the customers overall ‘sensory experience’. From the heavily textured concrete render to the vibrant fabrics and artwork, with the mixed lighting and different floor surfaces, this restaurant is as much about the experience as the food. It’s the bringing together of a great space, memorable food and drink and passionate service that will deliver sustainable success.

#photography #architecture #interior #restaurant #art #design #people #food #interiordesign #restaurantdesign #interiorphotography #architecturephotography #photo #brand #marketing #lighting #lightingdesign #furniture #wood #tiling #details #retail #sustainable #concrete

Nando's Blackpool, Squires Gate Ln. 1 Feb - 2 Feb 2022

05

Oct

The Queen’s Green Canopy

  • By Jonathan Banks

In honour and loving memory of Her Majesty, today marks the start of The Queen’s Green Canopy official tree planting season in the United Kingdom with a poignant tree gifting ceremony at The Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

The Tree of Trees was illuminated during a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the evening of Thursday 2nd June in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

I was commissioned to photograph and capture the sculpture on the run up to the Jubilee celebration weekend.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the sculpture is one part of a national community campaign to plant more trees and inspire the next generation of tree planters, led by the Queen’s Green Canopy.

A nationwide network of over 300 inspiring charities and organisations have been unveiled as part of the living legacy in honour of The Queen.

The chosen recipients embody a spirit of selflessness and support, with a purpose dedicated to the betterment of their communities, the environment, and the nation. This means trees from the Jubilee will flourish in places like Luton’s Peace Garden Initiative, which offers a place for families to plant trees in memory of COVID victims; the Caribbean Sports and Wellbeing Club in Sheffield, which provides support and opportunities for young people who have encountered racism and discrimination; and the Swansea Environment Centre, which encourages activities to tackle the challenges of plastic pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change.

#climatechange #environment #community #trees #plantatree #makeadifference #change

26

Sep

Featured in “Architecture Magazine”

  • By Jonathan Banks

My photography of the award winning First Light Pavilion at Jodrell Bank currently features in the October / November edition of “Architecture Magazine”.

The First Light Pavilion was designed to tell the inspirational stories of Jodrell Bank’s world-leading contribution to science, heritage and culture.

The architecturally remarkable building was designed by Hassell Studios and engineered by Atelier One with the executive architects of JM Architect’s overlooking the entire project, Kier Construction building the large concrete dome and Armourcoat providing an insulated render that optimises the thermal performance of the building.

I was commissioned to photograph the new First Light Pavilion, to capture its stunning architecture and clever design within its location of the Jodrell Bank Observatory centre.

Architecture Magazine is Britain’s leading magazine for architectural products, technology, and trends.

22

Sep

“The Best Photography Awards”

  • By Jonathan Banks

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected as a member of the jury in the “Best Photography Awards”.

“The Best Photography Awards” strives to promote photography through rewarding the creativity of photographers from around the world who work within a variety of disciplines. These categories range from “Documentary / Photojournalism” to “Digital Art Photography”, “Architecture”, “Advertising”, “Portraits”, “Nudes”, “Still Life”, “Nature”, and an “Open Theme”.

It is amazing to be on the Judging panel amongst the calibre of the other creative photographers.

The competition is now open for submissions at

Good luck.

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