UK born Jonathan Chritchley is a popular member of the Fotoviva Team. His black and white photography is simply astounding and we have an incredible selection of his work in the Black and White section of the gallery. Passionate about photography since receiving his first camera as a small boy, Jonathan studied photography in the UK in the mid-1990’s. Having assisted several fashion, commercial and marine photographers, he uprooted and moved to the south of France 9 years ago, finally fulfilling his dream of photographing the ocean and the people whose lives revolve around it.
Jonathan is based in south west France, where the formidable Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic swell provide a dramatic backdrop to his photographs. He also spends much of his time travelling to some of the best water locations in the world for a growing list of clients, working in and around the ocean to create his trademark dramatic images. Emphasizing an ethereal, atmospheric quality is imperative to him in reaching the more emotional as opposed to the literal and for this he mostly chooses to make photographs during bad weather and challenging lighting situations – dawn and dusk for example.
In early 2007, Jonathan started running photography workshops on the coast in south west France and in other locations. Jonathan uses Nikon digital camera bodies, Nikkor lenses & Fantasea underwater camera housings. A keen diver, surfer and swimmer, he lives in a converted fisherman’s cottage at the beach in south west France, 40km north of Biarritz, with his wife Belinda and children, Jack and Olivia.
His work has appeared all over the world, in magazines, galleries, books and even Athena and Next home stores. We have a large selection of Jonathan’s inspiring photography available at Fotoviva and there is more to follow.
Biscarosse, France. This square shaped black and white print shows a gentle scene across the bay. Available as canvas print,
Entrance to the tidal saltwater lake, Vieux Boucau, France. This wonderful black and white art print was captured while balanced
This black and white print shows a very calm and serene view of the ocean with a cluster of pebbles
Soustons Plage, Les Landes, France. This stunning image of a French Atlantic beach was shot well after sunset using a
Soustons Plage, Les Landes, South West France. At sunset the low sun backlights the incoming tide, the offshore wind creating
Azur, Les Landes, France. Dusk, and the beautiful curves of an old jetty are reflected in the still waters of
This is a simple yet clever abstract seascape image in black and white format that gives a new perspective on
Vieux Boucau, Les Landes, France. The rocks that mark the entrance to a saltwater lake on the Atlantic coast of
Moliets, France. The forgotten remains of an old pontoon pierce the still surface of a channel leading out to the
Biscarosse, Les Landes, France. A wonderful tranquil black and white art print by Jonathan Chritchley, the old pier leads the
The early morning Atlantic winter swell, steaming in the minus 6 temparatures, hits the shores of southern France. The black
Vieux Boucau, France. This abstract art print shows the wonderful colours and textures of the incoming tide on this Atlantic
The evening tide has been given a dramatic feel in this black and white abstract styled photograph by Jonathan Chritchley.
A quiet jetty in the southern French town of Laon, just after dawn. This peaceful looking monochrome photograph is available
A simple title for a wall print that at first glance looks simple yet take the time to appreciate it
Capbreton, Les Landes, France. Taken just before dawn at the entrance to Capbreton harbour, this wonderful black and white photograph
Reynisdrangar are groups of basalt stacked along the sea near the village of Vik in southern Iceland. According to local
This abstract seascape fine art print perfectly captures the vastness and expanse of the ocean, with a long expose that
Jonathan Chritchley specialises in black and white photography and has always been drawn to capturing the ocean and shorelines. Whether
Vieux Boucau, France. A storm over the Bay of Biscay moving in towards the coast of southern France. Warm tones
Azur Lake, Les Landes, France. Early morning and the gentle puffy clouds are reflected in the still waters of a
Jonathan Critchley is a specialist in capturing beautiful scenes from around the world and turning them into black and white
Vieux Boucau, Les Landes, France. The Atlantic coastline of southern France, after sunset – the outgoing tide leaving glistening silver
A glass-like water surface, misty background and a jetty to the side – this wall art has all the elements
This gorgeous black and white print offers a great view of the Thingvellir Waterfall in Iceland. Captured perfectly with a
Soustons Plage, Les Landes, France. This black and white print shows the unleashed power and fury of the mighty Atlantic