Jonathan Mechanicus (Amsterdam, 1967) is a self-taught photographer.
Initially having had a career in audio postproduction for television, he soon moved on to more visually involved work as video editor for tv-commercials, documentaries and music videos. He has been an photographer since 2005.
His father, celebrated Dutch photographer Philip Mechanicus (1936-2005), has influenced Jonathan not so much in the manner of taking photographs but rather in the artful craft of developing and printing. To push and to hold back; this made a lasting impression. Jonathan Mechanicus fully incorporates this practice in digital developing and printing of his photography.
Mechanicus’ work has a distinct signature. Over- and under-exposition with enhanced contours have become trademarks of his style throughout the years. Capturing perfection in the moment, technique comes secondary. A maximum effect with minimal means.
He strives to visually bring his subject to its essence, through the use of high contrast and careful distribution of light, adding depth with a rough grain.
Jonathan Mechanicus shows the heart of the matter. His work intrigues and abstacts and thereby creates its own dimension. For Mechanicus, less is more.