Jonathan Notley is a photographer based in London who specializes in landscape photography.
Could you tell us a bit about how you got into photography?
It all happened very quickly. I was out with friends and handed a DSLR, realizing then that I’d found out something about myself. I bought my own camera the same week and have been voraciously self teaching ever since. There was probably less than six months between my DSLR purchase and my first medium format film camera purchase.
What kind of gear is used in creating your images? Do you have a favorite item?
I shoot digital for work, but all of my personal stuff is shot on film. I know how hipster it sounds, but there’s just more to it. I like the lack of feedback, the exposure latitude, and the colours it produces. If I had to have one camera, I’d probably stick to a rangefinder and a 50mm.
What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
The sea. It’s always changing either by time of day or by time of year. I like the crisp horizons and the patterns made by sets of waves.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of creating images?
Being in the right place at the right time. 90% of what makes a great landscape image lies in location and timing.
Any advice you wish you could give to your younger self when first starting out in photography?
Gear does matter, measure twice and cut once. Don’t overshare. Being in the right place counts for so much more than having a fancy sensor.