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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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20

Jul

Digital Art Podcast

  • By Jonathan Banks

I was the guest speaker on the “Digital Artist” podcast on Wednesday July 20th 2022. I was joined by Andrew Kavanagh, the founder of Digital Artist and host for the talk, and Jack Savage of the Influx Gallery. My work features on the Influx Gallery website.

It was great to have an informal chat about my work and career although I do seem to ramble on for some time in the end! Jack and Andrew were awesome. The footage of the podcast is now available on YouTube –

30

Jun

Lighting up the Jubilee celebrations

  • By Jonathan Banks

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.

The queen led the ceremony at Windsor Castle, symbolically setting off a chain reaction, while her grandson, Prince William, saw the final result as the Principal Beacon lit up outside Buckingham Palace. The “Tree of Trees” is being used to honor Her Majesty’s 70-year reign on the throne. Around 3,000 beacons were lit across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth simultaneously.

I was commissioned to photograph and capture the sculpture on the run up to the Jubilee celebration weekend. The photographs have been featured in a number of editorial publications including, The Times, Independent, CNN, Bloomberg, Architects Journal, Dezeen, and on numerous websites.

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.

"This sculpture acts like a beacon, sending one simple, eternal message that trees are the super-heroes of our towns and cities and matter much more to our lives than we realize," said studio head Thomas Heatherwick. "It's been made by a team of welders, arborists, designers and fabricators from right across the country, all of us playing a part in this huge community campaign that's literally transforming the landscape and proudly honoring The Queen."

After the Jubilee, the saplings will be taken to a nursery in Cambridgeshire and cared for in 20-litre pots until the planting season begins this October. They include nine native species so that the right tree can be planted in the right place. Each one will then be gifted to community groups across the UK, celebrating their work and helping to green our cities and renew the countryside.

A million trees have already been planted through the Queens Green Canopy, nurturing a legacy to honour Her Majesty the Queen.

27

May

Microsoft AI NHS build

  • By Jonathan Banks

For my latest Microsoft assignment, I travelled to Northumbria to photograph Justin Green and Mike Reed, two NHS orthopedic surgeons who are using Azure AI to spot patients facing increased risks during surgery.

More than 6 million people in England are waiting for treatment by the National Health Service. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this situation worse, with staff shortages and the suspension of non-urgent operations resulting in another 2.3 million people being added to waiting lists since May 2020.

Justin and Mike are exploring how AI could help reduce waiting times, support recommendations from healthcare teams and provide patients with better information so they can make more informed decisions about their own care. The AI model is hosted in Microsoft’s Azure cloud and uses the Responsible AI dashboard in Azure Machine Learning, so that medical professionals are given a clearer understanding of why the AI has reached its conclusions.

Patients might not notice the changes when they visit a hospital or their GP, but they could soon be benefitting from a more personalized and informative care experience.

To read the full article check out

https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/features/two-nhs-surgeons-are-using-azure-ai-to-spot-patients-facing-increased-risks-during-surgery/

20

May

These photos say, “here I am, I am not silent, I have overcome, I am a survivor”

  • By Jonathan Banks

“Portraits of Resilience” is a collaboration with the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) and is a series of portraits that are currently being exhibited at the Phillips Collection @TheARC in Washington DC. On the 27th of April the Phillips Collection organised a panel discussion about the photographs including myself as the artist and Alysha Tagert, the acting director of TASSC International.

Alysha Tagert – Dennis Saleebey said “All humans, somewhere within, have the urge to be heroic; to transcend circumstances, to develop one’s powers, to overcome adversity, to stand up and be counted.” Where torture has sort to destroy, take away dignity and humanity and to keep these amazing survivors hidden. These photos say, “here I am, I am not silent, I have overcome, I am a survivor”.

Of course, if you would like to watch the whole film it is now available on YouTube at

P.S. – Please forgive my delivery … I am a photographer not an orator!

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