Author Profile: Jonathan


Hello, I’m Jonathan. Welcome to In the Limelight, my little slice of the web. Here I showcase my photography and blog about creativity, travel, and personal development. I also offer various creative services.

I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia with the love of my life, Rachelle. When I am not taking pictures or geeking out at my computer I enjoy cycling, cooking and reading novels until the wee hours of the morning.

In 2013 I participated in The Ride to Conquer Cancer and cycled from Vancouver to Seattle. Together with my team we raised over $500,000 dollars for cancer research.

I am always looking to connect with other like-minded people.

Posts by Jonathan:

Arishiyama Home – Kyoto, Japan

Permalink to Arishiyama Home – Kyoto, Japan By Jonathan | Published November 21, 2017

A very pretty and well-kept home in the Village of Arishiyama on the edge of Kyoto. Once again we have a bicycle left unattended with just a flimsy lock on the back wheel. Not the 40lb chain and a telephone pole that you need to keep your bike safe in Vancouver (and then they’d still […]

Peggy’s Cove

Permalink to Peggy’s Cove By Jonathan | Published November 16, 2017

I saw a lot of beautiful places on my most recent trip across Canada. But my jaw dropped open and stayed open as we drove into the storybook town of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. This is absolutely one of the most stunning and unique places on the planet.

Gates at Tenryu-ji Temple – Kyoto, Japan

Permalink to Gates at Tenryu-ji Temple – Kyoto, Japan By Jonathan | Published November 8, 2017

Just a small piece of one of the many beautiful temples in Kyoto, Japan. At the risk of sounding sappy and dramatic, My heart longs to visit this country again. Japan is one of the most modern countries in the world, and yet it has a wonderful reverence for its culture and history that I […]

Arashiyama Yoshimura Restaurant

Permalink to Arashiyama Yoshimura Restaurant By Jonathan | Published August 1, 2017

This is one of my favourite shots from my time in Kyoto. The sunlight was landing in just the right way. I was so happy to have my super-wide lens which allowed me to stand right in front and still get everything in the frame. That was important because there were so many people around […]

Statue at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo

Permalink to Statue at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo By Jonathan | Published July 20, 2017

There are actually hundreds of statues at Zojo-ji Temple. I wrote a bit about them in my previous post. I am unsure what this one represents, but I’m a sucker for complementary colours.

Garden of Unborn Children at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo

Permalink to Garden of Unborn Children at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo By Jonathan | Published July 20, 2017

Zojo-ji Temple on Tokyo is the family temple of the Tokugawa Shoguns that ruled Japan from 1600 until 1868. If you’re like me, you know them better as the fictionalized Toranaga Shoguns in James Clavell’s novels Shogun and Gaijin (amazing books, read them!). The Garden of Unborn Children lines one side of the temple. The […]

Shibuya Restaurant at Night

Permalink to Shibuya Restaurant at Night By Jonathan | Published July 20, 2017

There are so many cities that are completely dead at night. The office workers go home to the suburbs and there’s no one left. Tokyo is definitely not one of those cities. All through the night it’s bright and full of activity. Like this restaurant in the Shibuya neighbourhood. Of course, that’s really a generalization. […]

Sundown in Shibuya

Permalink to Sundown in Shibuya By Jonathan | Published July 20, 2017

I don’t know if it’s a universal tendency, or if it’s just me, but when I travel to a new city I can’t help but relate it to cities I have been to before. So while wandering Tokyo, I was always catching myself saying things like, “this is like the ________ of ________”. And that’s […]

Yoyogi Park Vending Machines

Permalink to Yoyogi Park Vending Machines By Jonathan | Published July 20, 2017

Yes, it’s true. I was completely fascinated with all the vending machines in Japan. My wife was alternately amused and annoyed because I couldn’t resist trying something new almost every time we encountered one (or, more usually, a group of them). This habit probably has something do with how I managed to stay fat in […]

Madison, Wisconsin State Capitol

Permalink to Madison, Wisconsin State Capitol By Jonathan | Published June 23, 2017

I only got to spend a single evening in Madison, Wisconsin, but from what I saw it was a very charming little city. If Wikipedia is to be believed (and it often isn’t), Madison is one of the safest cities in America, with almost Canadian levels of crime and murder. It also has a very […]

Pokemon Benches

Permalink to Pokemon Benches By Jonathan | Published June 22, 2017

Pokemon is quite popular in Japan. I know, surprising, right? This particular scene was just across the street from a Yodobashi Camera store. Oh how I miss Yodobashi Camera. A big box store that has actually has everything, not just the baseline consumer models that can be easily sold to the masses (with an extended […]

Rachelle at Granville Island

Permalink to Rachelle at Granville Island By Jonathan | Published June 17, 2017

I don’t think I could ever get tired of photographing this beautiful woman. Sometimes she’s a reluctant model, but she always humours me and my photographer ways. Just another day at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.

My First Film Failure

Permalink to My First Film Failure By Jonathan | Published June 14, 2017

The photos that illustrate this post are bad. I’ll explain exactly why at the end. It’s no secret that film photography is experiencing a resurgence over the past few years. It’s moved beyond just the hipster “Lomographer” crowd, more and more photographers are rediscovering film or, in some cases, discovering it for the first time. […]

Uninviting Door, Tokyo Japan

Permalink to Uninviting Door, Tokyo Japan By Jonathan | Published June 13, 2017

One thing that is rare (as far as I saw) in Tokyo compared to western cities is grime and graffiti. The most common form of vandalism seems to be stickers, which are mostly funny and entertaining rather than obnoxious and crude. So slightly grimy places like this really stand out, especially compared to places like […]

Hatagaya Drycleaner

Permalink to Hatagaya Drycleaner By Jonathan | Published June 6, 2017

Here’s another shot of Hatagaya, our home in Tokyo. am actually very conflicted about this image. One the one hand I love that I got the dry-cleaner himself in the shot. On the other hand, The chaos of it kind of makes my brain hurt; I just wish those banners weren’t there. But, on the […]

Painting the Wall

Permalink to Painting the Wall By Jonathan | Published May 31, 2017

While shooting portraits and headshots with Malcolm and Cassandra, I spotted this conveniently located paint splatter and I couldn’t resist having a little fun.