My name is Jonathan Foulger and I live in the Manchester area. I have always loved photography which started as a child taking photographs of friends and family, around town and at music concerts in the UK. My love in life is photography. As an artist I document people that I have a connection with. Mainly social issues but more recently, I have documented people I have worked for.
Jonathan Foulger is extremely passionate about photography and all that he photographs. Foulger has a humanistic approach towards the people he photographs which makes for a relaxed and informal experience. He has taken on many artistic projects including a commission for; Calderdale Substance Misuse Service and the homeless project “The Simon Community” which he won the bursary award from The Bradford National Media Museum in 2009. The work went on to to be exhibited in a group show at;
James Hyman Gallery, Saville Row. London where he now resides as a member. Apart from his artwork, Foulger has a very comprehensive portfolio of commercial work including Wedding and Portrait photography, Theatre and Music photography. Event photograpy and some product photography. One of the main skills Jonathan Foulger has, apart from the obvious photography skills, is to listen and understand his clients needs. Please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan about any type of photography wether it be about your wedding day plans. Studio portraiture, or location portrait shots or if your in a band and need some promotional photography. Or if you require any top quality product photography to help promote your business for your website, posters, flyers, banners,etc. Model portfolios, actors head shots or if you would like me to document an event. Please have a look through the various galleries on this website and get in-touch soon.
“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”.
My professional values
One of my core values is listening. I believe it is very important to understand what you are looking for and ultimately what style of photographs you are looking for. You commission me to capture moments in time and it is my job to make those moments last forever. I always aim to achieve the best possible photographs on every shoot.
“Its not what you see, its the way you see it”
It is very important in order to get the best out of a photography session to make you feel at ease and to understand exactly what it is you like. I always aim to make you feel comfortable and relaxed to ensure you get the best out of your photography session.
My photography style
I am fortunate enough to have my work featured in some of the top artist studios in England and has been highly acclaimed. Winner of The National Media Museum bursary award 2009. I have developed my own style over the years which is to capture the person as they are. I am down to earth and have a humanistic approach to my photography.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them”.
To create a beautiful professional portrait it is essential that the camera captures your character. It is essential for a portrait to speak through emotion captured in that very special moment of time.
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
Capturing a special moment forever
It is easy to take a photograph. We even have them on our phones now a days. However, it is a much different proposition to anticipate a moment. The art of photography is capturing feelings, thoughts and emotions. What we have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”
Foulger’s art work looks into social issues. Most often outside the boundaries of conventional urban life. Mainly, he focuses on issues of lack and absence in less luxurious communities.
He strikes up a rapport with his subject through his humanistic approach to their condition and feels that this non-judgmental approach brings out the best in the people he is in contact with.
One of Foulger’s projects, “The Simon Community,” is taken at a London based charity based at St. Joseph’s House which is non government funded and relies solely on donations. He has produced a series of portraits of volunteers who work, and some of whom live, at the home. The project focuses on each unique individual, all the while demonstrating a unity to their crisis: there is little distinction between them. By placing each of them seated on the sofa in the front room of St Joseph’s house, sat to one side with an empty space next to them, Foulger magnifies their solitude making space for the absence which defines the plight of homelessness.
After receiving the National Media Museum Photography Award for his project, Foulger’s work was featured in The Big Issue, where his subject resonated with the readers and suppliers of the publication, showing the power of his images and the permeation of his rapport and sensitivity to his subjects.
Foulger lives in Rossendale, the northwest of England, and continues to apply a similar style to more recent work documenting fathers who have lost custody of their children.
Jonathan Foulger born in Hyde, Lancashire in 1967.
Based in Rossendale, the North West of England.
2009 Contemporary Photography Practice, Cheshire College
2009 Group exhibition. (The Simon Community) The Cube Gallery, Manchester
2010 Group Exhibition. (The Simon Community) Exposure, James Hyman Photography, London
2013 Solo Exhibition (Plastered Rooms) Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2009 National Media Museum Bursary Award
The Big Issue
F2 Freelance Photographer
The Hebden Bridge Times
The Evening Courier