About - Jesper Tønning Photography

About the Artist


I spend my childhood exploring the "wilderness", near my home in Denmark. My passion for photography has been a lifelong affair, I'm mostly self taught and I have been photographing nature and landscapes, for more than twenty years.

It all began with a love of the outdoors and something clicked, when my brother bought a SLR camera, in the late eighties. I borrowed that camera a lot and photographed anything along my path. In 1995 I started to work in a camera-shop, which I did for almost seventeen years. In 2012 my work-life took a new direction, when I began to work as a CNC machine operator. Being a hobby photographer, I need some escapism and spend much of my spare time outdoors, often with a camera and my dog. The images I create are the expression of my love for nature, being close to nature always feels meaningful, I could say my reaction to being in nature feels spiritual. It helps me understand what is important in life and stay connected to the things, that are important to me.

Early on, I made well-composed images, the next step on the way, I was able to record the mood of nature, in a single photograph - that's my strength. Today, my photography has turned into a lifestyle where the experience of being outdoors, is just as important as the image itself. You do not have to go far away to find the good motives, that´s my philosophy. I  hope my work will inspire people to reconnect with nature and respect our environment. Nature is never standing still, I am not standing still, and nature photography is a never-ending learning process, - that's my drive, but most important, it's about letting your heart being touched by Nature.

"it's about letting your heart being touched by Nature"


TRAVEL AND COVERAGE

I’m one of those people usually happiest when outdoor, so photographing nature is simply a perfect combination of being close to nature and doing the work I love doing most - making pictures. Scenic landscapes and details of nature, ranging from the dramatic to the subtle, magic light, beautiful moods, and graphic design of natural elements like water, rock, trees, flowers, wildlife and the sky are some of my main subjects. I have a great eye for details, structures, patterns and “small landscapes". Any place, even ordinary locations, can yield a "great shot" - provided that conditions are right. The trick is to wait for interesting light, and let time and motion play a role in the creative process. Long exposures, unique lighting conditions, unconventional perspectives, special natural events, and interesting cloud formations can render landscape scenes in a surprising or unfamiliar way. Another thing I do love, is to travel, there are advantages to working in unfamiliar territory. It’s almost always easier going somewhere that’s exotic to you. Everything is fresh, and you see pictures everywhere. On the other hand, when you’re covering the exotic, you’re often only seeing the surface. It takes time and experience to see beyond what looks superficially interesting and recognize the subtle things that define the environment.


"Nature is a master in creating drama, as a photographer you can only copy the work of Nature and then maybe, you can call it Art"



NATURE IS NEVER STANDING STILL

I’m always striving for perfection and that means always learning; Nature is never standing still, I am not standing still, and nature photography is a never-ending learning process - that's my drive. I gain as much fulfilment from photographing the common, plain and ordinary as I do pursuing the rare or shy and elusive! It's about technique; it's also about knowing your subject and luck mostly happens when preparation meets opportunity! - “The harder you work, the luckier you get”. But most important, it's about letting your heart being touched by nature. You could call me a “slow photographer” because I try to make my own luck by making research and scouting out some favourite spots; more important I return frequently to the same favoured locations, creating a collection of images though experience and knowledge; attempting to capture the essence of a particular subject - that's my method for being a creative artist. Nature photography is more than just capturing images of beautiful things. It is also about capturing a mood, a feeling, a fleeting moment. It is about capturing the essence of a place or a moment, rather than a literal documentation. Nature wears many faces, some that are surprisingly like our own, if not in appearance then in mood and attitude. Showing an animal in the context of its environment tells more of a story than a tightly composed "trophy shot." I view animals as abstractions, a shape or form to relate with other elements of a scene. Strong light, mood, and creative composition as with landscape photography are essential to transforming even ordinary wildlife subjects into something unexpected and visually compelling. ” By creating images where the content or orientation is not obvious, an intimate and mysterious feeling can come through; creating an image that hopefully will engage the viewer - making room for your imagination.


“I would rather make an image that asks a question than answers one, one that stimulates curiosity”



PHOTOGRAPHIC MISSION

I’m always looking for a good shot of course, which means a picture that’s technically correct but more important: one that tells a story, which conveys the emotion of the moment. I want to show the energies of nature, its theatres of light, its sculptural powers, and its patterns. I believe my use of light and the composition is simply the technique, which translates an image most effectively into a story for the viewer. The wild seems ever changing, shifting from one moment to the next, from season to season, always in motion. Yet, over the ages, the endless procession of changing moments seem increasingly frozen in time. There is something timeless about the wild, something eternal, that draws me back again and again. The passage of time destroys and renews, and while no single element ever stays the same, the eternal wild remains. I’ve heard it said: almost everything in nature has already been photographed - but all images needs to be made again and again. It’s an artistic challenge trying to capture old “icons” in new ways, according to light, composition and show a subject in a new context.


“Most of all, I hope that my images expresses my sense of wonder, my deep admiration for the magic and mystery of the natural world and hopefully I can increase people’s awareness of the magnificence of our environment”



THE TECHNICAL ASPECT

The camera does not have visions! It captures what you want recorded according to your taste, intelligence and skill. Even if the miracle of photography lies in its ability to reproduce what the lens sees, it’s still the person behind the camera who decides how things should look and why he or she chooses to look at the world in that way. In other words, regardless of what camera equipment you own, you still need to put in the necessary “leg-work” to achieve Great Shots. Creating pictures isn’t about what camera we use, but I admit that I love the technical aspect of photography as well as the actual process of making pictures! Yes, good equipment is very important but we become better photographers, if we spend more time concentrating on the art of photography rather than spending so much time on the science! “context is more important than minor technical nuances”


“For the future my aim is simple: photographing the essence of nature, for my own artistic satisfaction and to show my subjects in an intimate and personal way”


“All places have stories to tell, but their stories need time to unfold. That’s why nature photography is a life style, which is a lifetime in the making”


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While I hope you enjoy browsing my site, these images are best seen and displayed as large format prints. So if you are looking for high quality prints, my inspirational nature photographs are perfect for decorating a space of any size. In addition to my print services, all of my images are available for editorial and commercial use, if you have any questions regarding your specific requirements or further information, please contact me by using the contact form.

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Achievements


My work has received many awards in national and international photo competitions though the years, and it has appeared in numerous media such as exhibitions, advertising, brochures, books, calendars, postcards and specialized magazines...


2014 3. Place in the Competition: NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2014 Highly Commended image in the Competition: NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2013 Highly Commended image in the Competition: NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2012 Highly Commended image in the Competition: NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2011 2. Place in the competition "DN - 100 Years" Danish Society for Nature Conservation 1911-2011 (Denmark)

2011 Finalist in the 21th edition of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2010 Finalist in the 20th edition of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2009 Highly Commended image in the Competition: "Asferico 2009" (Italy)

2008 Category Winner in the Competition: "Asferico 2008" (Italy)

2007 Category Winner and 4 Highly Commended images in the Competition: "Asferico 2007" (Italy)

2007 Finalist in the 17th edition of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2006 2. Place in the Competition: “Water gives Life” WWF/Canon/Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

2006 Highly Commended images in 2 categories of the GDT - ENPY (Germany)

2006 3. place ”Vildmark & Äventyr” (Sweden)

2005 3. place in the 16th edition of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2005 Category Winner Danish Nature Photographer of the Year. (Denmark)

2005 Winner in the Competition: “Landet set fra Byen” (Denmark)

2005 Highly Commended image GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year (Germany)

2004 Winner and Highly Commended images in the Plants category GDT - ENPY (Germany)

2004 Highly commended image in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. I was the 5th Danish photographer in 20 years to get an Image accepted in the world’s most prestigious photo Competition with 18500 entries. (United Kingdom)

2003 Danish Nature Photographer of the Year (Denmark)

2003 Category Winner, Runner-up Highly Commended images GDT - European Nature photographer of the Year. I was the First Danish photographer, to be among the 59 winners. (Germany)

2002 Winner in the competition: ”Abisko Turist Station 100 years” (Sweden)

2002 2. Place in the Danish Nature Photographer of the Year Competition (Denmark)

2001 Danish Nature Photographer of the Year (Denmark)

2001 2. Place in the Competition: ”Focus on Nature” WWF/Canon/Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

2001 Highly Commended image in the Competition: “Know your Country” (Sweden)

2000 Highly Commended image Danish Nature Photographer of the Year. (Denmark)

2000 Winner in the Lapin Kulta Competition: ”The Golden Lapland” (Finland)

1999 Danish Nature Photographer of the Year Picture of the Year (Denmark)

1998 Danish Nature Photographer of the Year (Denmark)

1996 Winner in the Competition: “Autumn Colours” (Denmark)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 Winners of the Competition: NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest (Norway)

2013 Winners of the Competition: NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest (Norway)

2012 Wild Wonders of Europe - Open-air Exhibition in Madrid (Spain)

2012 Wild Wonders of Europe - Open-air Exhibition in Berlin (Germany)

2012 EIPA - Environmental Photography Exhibition (Japan)

2012 Winners of the Competition: NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest (Norway)

2011 Wild Wonders of Europe - Open-air Exhibition in Copenhagen (Denmark)

2011 Danmark Dejligst - Outdoor exhibition in Copenhagen by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Denmark)

2011 Danish Society for Nature Conservation 1911-2011 - 100 Years Exhibition; 5 images (Denmark)

2011 EIPA - Environmental Photography Exhibition (Japan)

2011 Winners of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2010 Wild Wonders of Europe - Open-air Exhibition in Haque and Praque

2010 Winners of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2009 Stambecco d'oro: la natura nell'arte ("Gold ibex: The nature in the Art") "Asferico 2007-2008-2009” (Italy)

2009 Winners of the Competition: "Asferico 2009" (Italy)

2008 Winners of the Competition: "Asferico 2008" (Italy)

2007 Winners of the Competition: "Asferico 2007" (Italy)

2007 Winners of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2007 Winners of the Competition: “Focus on Nature” Naturama (Denmark)

2006 Winners of the Competition: “Water gives Life” WWF/Canon/Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)

2006 Winners of the GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Competition. (Germany)

2006 Vildmark & Äventyr - Trade fair, Stockholm (Sweden)

2006 Winners of the Mountain photography Competition: Memorial María Luisa (Spain)

2005 Winners of the GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Competition. (Germany)

2005 Winners of the Competition: “Landet set fra Byen” Open-Air Exhibition in Århus (Denmark)

2005 Vildmark & Äventyr - Trade fair, Stockholm (Sweden)

2004 Winners of the GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Competition. (Germany)

2004 BBC Winners - Natural History Museum, London (United Kingdom)

2004 Vildmark & Äventyr - Trade fair, Stockholm (Sweden)

2003 Winners of the GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Competition. (Germany)

1996 AFA 100 Years Anniversary Exhibition in Musikhuset, Århus (Denmark)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 "Between Sky and Sea in Thy" - Mellem Himmel og Hav i Thy, Fotofestival, (Denmark)

1999 Team DS a/s in Vejle - Exhibition (Denmark)

1997 My first solo exhibition “The magic of Nature” - exhibited in my home town of Randers (Denmark)


IN PRINT

2018 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 (Denmark)

2017 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 3 (Denmark)

2016 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 (Denmark)

2015 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1,4 (Denmark)

2014 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 4 (Denmark)

2014 NNPC Portfolio with the Winning images of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2014 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 (Denmark)

2013 Cover photo on the book "Som en fugl på træk" by Aase Thomassen (Denmark)

2013 NNPC Portfolio with the Winning images of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2012 Calendar 2013 by Sparekassen Thy (Denmark)

2012 Calendar 2013 by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Denmark)

2012 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1,3,4 (Denmark)

2012 NNPC Portfolio with the Winning images of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest. (Norway)

2011 Calendar 2012 by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Denmark)

2011 Interview in Natur & Foto magazine, edition 3 (Norway)

2011 Danmark Dejligst - book by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Denmark)

2011 "Memorial María Luisa" a Portfolio with the Winning and Commended images of the Competition. (Spain)

2011 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 2 5 (Denmark)

2010 Calendar 2011 by WWF - World Wildlife Fund (Denmark)

2010 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 3 (Denmark)

2009 "Asferico 2009" a Portfolio with the Winning and Commended images of the Competition. (Italy)

2009 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 2 (Denmark)

2008 "Asferico 2008" a Portfolio with the Winning and Commended images of the Competition. (Italy)

2008 Calendar 2008 by Asferico - Winning and Commended images of the Competition 2007. (Italy)

2008 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 2 4 (Denmark)

2008 Asferico AFNI - Magazine, April edition - Winning and Commended images of the Competition. (Italy)

2007 "Asferico 2007" a Portfolio with the 80 Winning and Commended images of the Competition. (Italy)

2007 Coffee table book: "Los senderos de la Luz" (The paths of light) - Memorial Maria Luisa (Spain)

2007 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 2 3 (Denmark)

2006 GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Portfolio 2006 (Germany)

2006 NFD - 10 years Anniversary Book “Naturen i Fokus” (Denmark)

2006 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 2 3 4 (Denmark)

2005 GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Portfolio 2005 (Germany)

2005 The book: “Dansk Natur” by Michael Stoltze, Gyldendal (Denmark)

2005 Zoommagazin.hu - Winners of WPY 2004 (Hungary)

2005 Danish Society for Nature Conservatio Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 2 3 (Denmark)

2004 BBC Portfolio 14 WPY 2004 (United Kingdom)

2004 GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Portfolio 2004 (Germany)

2004 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 2 3 4 (Denmark)

2003 GDT - European Nature Photographer of the Year Portfolio 2003 (Germany)

2003 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 1 3 4 (Denmark)

2002 Camera Natura Magazine - edition 4 (Sweden)

2002 Calendar 2002 by the Swedish Tourist Association STF (Sweden)

2002 Danish Society for Nature Conservation - Natur & Miljø - Magazine, edition 2 4 (Denmark)

2002 Randers 700 years Anniversary - Magazine, Cover Photo (Denmark)

2001 Camera Natura Magazine - edition 4 (Sweden)

2000 Camera Natura Magazine - "Kronikør" edition 1 2 3 4 (Sweden)

2000 Natur Foto magazine “Special” (Germany)

1998 Camera Natura Magazine - edition 3 (Sweden)


REFERENCES - INDEX


• Abisko Turist Station

• Anholt Turist information

• Asferico - AFNI

• BBC - WPY Competition

• Camera Natura - Magazine

• Canon, Denmark

• Dansk Landbrug

• DN - The Danish Society for Nature Conservation

• Fotofestival.dk

• GDT - Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen

• Gyldendal

• IEPA - International Environment Photographers Association

Image by Heart

• Jyllands Posten

• Københavns Universitet

• Lapin Kulta

• Lifeexhibitions

• Memorial Maria Luisa

• Michael Stoltze

• Naturama, Svendborg

• Natur & Foto - Magazine

• Natur Foto Special - Magazine

• Natur & Miljø - Magazine

• NFD - The Danish Society for Nature Photographers

• NNPC Nordic Nature Photo Contest

• NNE A/S

• Novo Nordisk A/S

• Photocare

• Randers Ugens Sekretariat

• Roldskov Naturfoto Festival

• Sparekassen Kronjylland

• Sabroe Medie

• Tante Olga, Randers

• Team DS A/S

• The ICEHOTEL

• Sparekassen Thy

• STF - The Swedish Tourist Association

• WWE - Wild Wonders of Europe

• WWF - World Wildlife Fund

• Zoommagazin


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