Jonathan Dy is a photographer with a background in painting. The grit of his factory hometown of Windsor, Ontario, and influence of its American counterpart, Detroit, has uniquely shaped his artistic pallet. Primarily self-taught, Dy is known for creative in-camera techniques reminiscent of early film manoeuvres. With his art background, he could be characterized as a photographer who has kept his painterly instincts intact while behind a lens. Dy is most recognized for his portraiture of Vancouver’s music, theatre, and visual art scenes. He published his first fine art book of portraits in 2013, entitled I Need to See You.
“I work by way of epiphany, as airy as that may sound. The process of cracking an idea open and peeling through the layers of possibility, has been the pattern of my creative endeavours. Over the last year I’ve rediscovered film, armed with the knowledge from a decade of using digital. While the essence of both instruments are the same, it feels as though I’m joining a culture reminiscent of early surrealist photography.”