Jon Eland


A Yorkshireman by birth and in heart, Jon’s photography career started with a first camera arriving when he was nine. He trained in the visual arts, learning darkroom and film techniques but his photography started to bloom when, in 2006, he got his first digital camera and brought together his creative ideas, understanding of composition and skills in the digital darkroom. Nowadays much of his time outside the day job is spent in photo-related activities – running Exposure Leeds, the Flickr-age camera group he started, enjoying photo dérive and event-based location photography, alongside his specialist male portraiture practice (But I Like It), which specialises in narrative-led projects featuring a broad spectrum of men.


In addition to portraiture and physique work his projects include ‘They keep men in boxes’ – investigating women who keep miniature men in boxes (in boxers), a drag queen struggling to keep her (animal) children entertained, ‘the saga of rabid rabbit and doped-up dog’, and a series of portraits of the Greek gods in modern times, long after they stop being worshipped and, his major project of the last 2 years ‘veiled’, which takes conventions around the wearing of veils and sees how they apply to men.


Recently he has featured in Mascular magazine and the Sachet Mixte arts journal, completed a photo documentary of Sitges Pride, returned a second time as a photo-exchange project in Kentucky, USA and his latest news is that he’ll have his work featured in the Butt Magazine 2014 calendar and has just been signed up for Meat zine’s new collaborative project.


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