About Jonathan Mendoza
How would you describe your artistic style? Do you follow a set of rules when you create?
My aerial artistic style draws upon the natural and man-made patterns and shapes that can only be revealed from miles above the earth. When shooting drone aerial photography it’s important to face the camera down at a complete 90 degree angle, ensuring a completely level birds-eye view over the subject.
Any photographers / artists / humans you particularly admire?
Australian photographers Benjamin Hardman & Jarrad Seng have been extremely instrumental in developing my artistic style. The works of Donal Boyd, Amy Haslehurst, Matthew Hahnel, Emmett Sparling, Emilie Ristevski , Jack Morris & Benjamin Lee are also frequent sources of inspiration.
What inspires you to create?
Travelling to a new country every few weeks for the past year really keeps my inspiration fresh. From shooting serene mountainscapes in the Philippines last week to capturing the architecture of Spain this week, I’m frequently surrounded by new perspectives and environments, each presenting their own unique aspects to capture.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers / artists / humans?
In regards to aerial photography, there are so many aerial patterns that have never been seen before and I feel a sense of artistic duty to showcase them in a stylised way on my travels.
Where do you currently live and work?
I’m travelling the globe indefinitely although my ‚base‘ would be Sydney, Australia.
What did you study – and how I got into your art form?
From a young age I always excelled in the arts before finally taking up a BA in Music & Film at the University of New South Wales, Australia. In 2011 I began travelling solo and like many tourists, I took a lot of photos using my iPhone and edited them using powerful iOS apps. It wasn’t until 2015 that I started learning more about the art of photography and subsequently spent hours watching Youtube tutorials then shooting anything and everything.
Please give your favourite quote for photography, art or whatever the hell you feel like.
„The goal isn’t to live forever but to create something that will.“ – Chuck Palahniuk
Any cool projects you’re currently working on?
My plate is pretty full at the moment having shot a wedding magazine feature in Asia, creating content for the Catalunya, Spain tourism board, writing a feature piece for earth.com and creating content with The Love Assembly blog!
Please finish these sentences:
I can’t live without…wifi
My greatest inspiration in the world is…Instagam and the artists it showcases
I will never forget…Walking onto Vik beach, Iceland with Jarrad Seng and being blown away by the apocalyptic light shining through the clouds.