Jonathan Griffith first started out on an old FM5 manual SLR and quickly realised that he had a passion for photographing people in some of the most beautiful landscapes- even if he hadnt quite worked out how to fully work a manual camera! After dedicating nearly all of his university holidays away in the French and Swiss alps he moved out to Chamonix after graduating to pursue a career in photography and has never looked back. He has been published in the major climbing and skiing magazines in both the US and the UK, as well as done commercial work for larger companies such as Osprey and Easyjet. He now works full time as a freelance photographer as well as running and setting up the Alpine Exposures company and site.
Jonathan Griffith is first and foremost a hopeless mountain addict. He’s climbed, skied and photographed all over the world, most recently in the Valais of Switzerland and his hometown of Chamonix, France.
His keen eye for the alpine landscape not only results in pictures that show the truth of what it’s really like to be there, but he also captures something about the mountains that you can’t put into words, even if you wanted to. He shows glimpses into the mountains, and the vertical life of those who pursue them, that is rarified and fine. It shows a reality through captured moments: night photos that are so still, you can feel the deep silence and the quiet mass of the black silhouetted mountains… or the moment of intense focus when placing a crucial piece of gear on a climb… or the moments of solitude and reflection on a morning approach.
I suppose that what I’m trying to say here is that Jon’s pictures are special in part because he captures on film exactly what so many of us feel when the mountains call to us.
Louise Alexander — www.mountaingirl.eu