Top Billing's Jonathan Boynton-Lee on his favourite apps, and love for iPhoneography



Top Billing presenter and award-winning multi-talented filmmaker Jonathan Boynton-Lee is as awesome behind the camera as he is in front of it. Jonathan was an iPhoneography judge in 2014, and this year he won the overall award in the abstract category for his image "Voyeur". Jon is a keen iPhoneographer, and we recently spent some time with him, finding out more about the guy behind the camera.


Where are you from originally and how was life growing up?

Born and bred in Jozi. I was adopted shortly after birth by the two most beautiful human beings on the planet. Life growing up was amazing. I was so lucky to have a childhood filled with imagination and bruises from playing outside rather than apps and how many likes you got on a picture.


How did your interest in photography and film come about?

From when I was old enough to hold a camera I was in the backyard making home movies with my toy soldiers, cars, pets, sisters Barbie dolls, and pretty much anything I could get my hands on. So for as long as I can remember, seeing life through a lens is something that has always been a huge part of my life.


Who/what are your biggest inspirations in life and in your mobile arts life?

My biggest inspiration in life is life itself, living completely in every moment.



How long have you been using an iPhone to take pictures and why?

I can’t remember ever using anything other than an iPhone to take pictures. In fact, I’ve never even bothered buying a digital camera. The features that iPhone packs into its slim little body are quite incredible and really quite easy to use. And the increasing number of awesome accessories make iPhonoeography even more fun. Like underwater shooting, I can now even take my iPhone with me when I dive with sharks, amazing :-)


Do you stick to specific themes when taking photos with your iPhone, eg people and objects, or do you capture anything that interests you?

My theme is life. I see life through a lens, and there’s beauty in everything. That’s what is so awesome about living completely in every moment, you start to see the beauty in everything, and can capture those moments, even if others may not see them.



What are the top 3 tips people need to consider when taking photos or videos with an iPhone?

You know there are always the Photography 101 tips we hear about, like composition, lighting, exposure, etc etc but my best tip is to just go out there, free your mind from any rules, be in the moment and just snap away. So often its the unplanned, spontaneous pics, free from rules, that are the most beautiful.


Besides film and photography, what else do you have a passion for?

I keep coming back to this but it really is quite simple – life and everything that comes with living it. Like Spielberg said, I don’t just dream at night. I dream all day, I dream for a living.


You can follow Jonathan on Instagram: @jon_boyntonlee

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