Toronto-based environmental portraiture photographer Jonathan Bielaski loves working in extreme settings and his imagery clearly reflects his adventurism. As a master of the environmental portrait, Bielaski is always searching for the perfect background and setting that will reflect the essence of his subject. Jonathan always prefers to have a pre-shoot meeting with the subject if possible, to get a sense for who this person is and even bounce ideas around. After doing this for fifteen years, he understands that the more he knows about his subject and the greater the common ground they share, the better the result of the shoot.
Bielaski didn’t always plan on becoming a photographer however. His first love was food and he planned to become a chef. His love of food is clear in his photography, where much of his subject matter is the cultivation and production of food. His rich attention to detail is striking in his imagery, where each setting is meticulously set up to reflect characteristics of his subject.
Before becoming a professional photographer, Jonathan worked in the corporate world, serving as a Creative Director for a multi-national corporation. After several years, he decided he’d dedicate himself fully to photography and he’s never looked back.
Jonathan has a new personal work series in the works where he plans to take wet plate large format images of new cutting edge technology. He is drawn to the juxtaposition of an old process of photography with the subject of new technology, the people who work with this technology, and the high tech environments in which they work.
“ Bielaski’s rich attention to detail is striking in his imagery,
where each setting is meticulously set up to reflect
characteristics of his subject.”