We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Ducrest and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I didn’t always follow my passion for photography and like most people in the creative world, I’ve held jobs that weren’t making me happy but they help me grow and realize that at the end of the day, photography was what I wanted to pursue and what felt the most fulfilling. Along the way, I was able to connect with people who gave me great feedback about my work and who pushed me to follow this career path.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have a passion for architecture and landscapes, particularly empty or abandoned places. I was born and raised in Switzerland where I started to take pictures from a young age before moving to the U.S. I have a geometric eye when it comes to composition and I strive to capture the timeless beauty that surrounds us. Even in a place that has fallen into despair, there is a story to be told. More recently, I decided to publish a book of images I shot in the early stages of the lockdown in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is currently being printed and will ship later this summer. This is probably the thing I am most proud of because it’s a labor of love, my love for the city of Los Angeles and its people. Like any creative out there, there were plenty of challenges, the biggest one probably being myself. I was lucky enough to have close friends who believed in my work and who pushed me to pursue my passion. I believe that no matter how talented you are, you almost never get to be where you are without the support of the people around you. I have been published both in print and online, some of my images have been used on television shows and I sold my work to private collectors and large companies such as Netflix. When I shoot an image I know that not everyone will react the same way to it, but what matters most to me is that someone will, and hopefully enough to hang it in their home. I am currently on assignment in Switzerland
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well now that is an interesting question, I would probably have given you a different answer in early March then I would now. If it was a weeklong trip, I would certainly take them for 2 days or so to Palm Springs. I love the Sparrows Lodge and the Villa Royale hotels there. Back in L.A., I would take them for a walk around the Hollywood Reservoir, followed by brunch at Little Doms in Los Feliz. I love The Broad museum and taking a stroll around the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Otium next to The Broad has great drinks and food to share. If something good is playing in theatre, I would make sure to take them to a movie at the Dome. A stop at Amoeba would also be on my list once they reopen.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?