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Jonathan Newton is a professional photographer, working in and around Melbourne Australia. He has combined his life long passion of steam trains and railways with his love of photography. The result is his unique Vistavision range.
A predominantly self taught photographer, he had great success with his first Vistavision which has since been reproduced in several books, magazines and information boards as well as being sold as a print and poster. The story of this is featured below. Jonathan shoots with a professional Digital SLR camera, allowing him to capture amazing detail in his photographs and print them rather large while keeping consistent image quality.
Where it all Started
In April 2005 Jonathan lived in an area near the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, in Victoria, Australia. One very wet and cold morning he looked towards the hills and noticed that they were covered by low cloud and fog. Jonathan had always had an interest in photography and after noticing a Ken Duncan print on his brothers wall he was inspired to have a go at something similar himself. Having a great love for the Dandenong Ranges, and the inclimate weather too, he borrowed his fathers digital SLR and made his way up the mountain.
Being a volunteer of the Puffing Billy Railway, and knowing how classic smoke and steam look in the wet and cold weather, Jonathan decided to follow the morning train. Several locations were visited between Belgrave and Menzies Creek until the perfect one was found. By this time the light rain had picked up and was getting rather heavy and the mist and fog was still rather thick. Non-the-less, Jonathan braved the elements and waited for the train.
When the train came into sight, Jonathan snapped away. Within seconds the train was gone, the shots had been taken and as the rain was getting heavier by the minute, a rather wet Jonathan returned home. The result is below
When the photographs were uploaded onto the computer and looked over, Jonathan decided to crop them to a wide panoramic format. The result was amazing and since then Jonathan has been developing his skills to capture, in all it’s glory, the balance between the man-made industrial wonder of the railways, and mother nature.
“Thanks must go to a very special person who believed in me all along, right from the day that first photograph was taken. I will never forget you!” – Jonathan Newton
Jonathan can also be contacted at: email@example.com
“Seeing this took me right back to my childhood. I can recall the days that you write about so clearly, and images like this were almost seen by me on a weekly basis. Looking forward to receiving my framed print soon.” – Laurie Bates. Horsham, Vic.
“Your work is all so beautiful and I love the lighting. You certainly have a way of bringing out beauty in a subject that can be so easily overlooked.” – William Rylatt. Launching Place, Vic.
“The vistavision (Magic Hour) is so rich with it’s timeless beauty! It is an Incredible landscape and the colours are amazing. Many of my friends have been captivated by it when they come over to visit me” – Jenny Santos. Parramatta, NSW.
“I am far from a railway enthusiast and I do not know anything about the subject, however I just had to purchase this photograph. Looking at the shapes, the light, the composition, nature taking over and the contrast between the rusting metal – I just adore it!” – George A. Heath. Sunshine, Vic.
“In its Mocha frame and Cream mount, the photograph almost comes to life! It looks Amazing hanging on the wall of my Den and visitors always ask me about it and compliment it. Thank you Jonathan.” – Peter Marshall. Cockatoo, Vic.