Jon Holiday is a skyline freak.
He has been taking pictures since he fell in love with photography when he received a Kodak Instamatic model 134 at age 9. His love of urban photography began as a teen-ager with a ministry trip to Minneapolis, where he discovered all kinds of diverse and interesting subjects to photograph. Eventually, the idea of capturing a profile of the largest cities moved to the top of his To-Do list.
The art of skyline photography is largely technical, especially in terms of logistics, however:
"The way I "see" things is key. I love to work in that narrow timeframe where the daylight fades and the artificial light begins to glow. Creating an image where I have to deal with the different types of light, structure, textures, composition, and colors takes a surprising amount of time and effort. And, I always try to bring something of myself into an image, so it that it doesn't end up as run-of-the-mill. Motion-blurred clouds add drama, moving traffic in the foreground provides colorful leading lines, or a foggy sky makes Los Angeles look like a fictional Gotham City."
In 2002, he began the Hope Camera Club in Ft. Worth, Texas, and led it for 8 years, and as such he has done numerous instructional presentations and training sessions related to photography, and conducted many competitions. He has experience with many types and styles of photography, and has received numerous awards for his images. He has also awarded many awards as a frequent judge for competitions.
Notable awards among others include several Bronze Awards in the Epson International Pano Competition over the last few years, second place in the Texas Photo Forum, a finalist entry in the Photographer’s Forum “Best of Photography”, as well as in the Worldwide Gala Awards 2011 exhibit. He has been juried into gallery shows across the US, and his images have appeared in a movie, television shows, and have been produced as huge wall murals in the US and Italy.
On photography in general, he says,
"Photography allows me to depict things as the best that they can be. An old abandoned building becomes a refreshing mecca, the desert turns into a visual oasis, and happen chance elements are magically given purpose and focus. I love to produce images that make the viewer say, Oooh, I want to see that in real life. Now."
Another focus for Jon is TexasScapes.
This includes natural settings with bluebonnets and wildflowers. Several of his Texas wildflower images acquired in the last few seasons have received wide recognition and numerous awards. They also appear as commercial decor in restaurants and offices, and hospitals, including UT Southwestern's Clements Hospital in Dallas.
Most of his body of work is made up of “Beautiful Places” type subjects, and has been frequently used in office, restaurant, and healthcare environments. Jon especially enjoys taking photos in and around his hometown of Fort Worth, where he and his wife of 30 years and his 23 yr old daughter are active in church, school, and community.
Of further interest:
- CityEdgeScenes.com published an interview with Jon Holiday...
- Showcase feature in "Where Art Lives" magazine, a CFAI publication, Nov 2015... click here and go to page 20