“Photography to me is like breathing.
I don’t think about it, I just do it. All the time.”
This is the beginning of a journey…
that’s only 1% finished.
to the first version of what will soon be the official portfolio page, online print shop and photography blog of Jonny Jelinek: A self-taught, passionate photographer from Vienna, who recently moved to an island, not only to start a new life, but also to follow his dreams and make his passion a profession!
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After working as a social media manager in my own online marketing agency for many years and living a (successful, but) stressful city life, I slowly began to realise that, although everything seemed perfect, something wasn’t right. What I had built for myself just didn’t make me happy.
Being burned out on a regular basis and knowing what depression feels like, I decided that I needed to change something, or better, everything.
Without a lot of thinking I escaped into the tranquility of a quiet garden house in a small town near the beach on the beautiful island of Menorca and started over. After two years of “workation”, followed by a long sabbatical surrounded by nature and serenity, in which I had a lot a lot of time practice a new found mindfulness, while enjoying my biggest passion photography, I searched for something meaningful to do with my new life. I needed something that’s different than before, a new kind of work, that wouldn’t feel like one. A new purpose, that also says “this is who I am”.
>> So, I asked myself a simple, but life-changing question:
“If you would die tomorrow,
what do you want to have been known for?”
I knew I wanted to leave a footprint in this world, something that stays, when I’m gone, at best, created by something that I really love(d) doing…
Looking at my still daily growing photo archive of around 500.000 images, the answer to this question was actually already there. This is it.
“…the famous photographer, who made a difference in the world with his artistic and mindful photography.“
Somewhere between William Eggleston, Sam Abell and Andreas Gursky. That’s where I want to be, before I leave this earth. A big dream? Maybe. But, if everything goes well, I might still have another 40+ years to fully commit myself to my art and to dedicate the rest of my time to this one goal.
This website is the first step of giving the above statement at least a realistic chance to come true and live a life as an artist: After 20 years of keeping my photography mostly to myself, starting in 2019 I will put myself and my art out there, one photo at a time.
artworks in the shop
The images on this page are just a small glimpse of what to expect: A visual journey through more than a decade of photography including selected artworks created while living in, or just wandering through, beautiful places like Vienna and the rural areas of Austria, the vineyards of the german Rhinegau, spanish cities like Barcelona or Valencia, perfect paradises like Bali, the Seychelles or Boracay, and last but not least, the breath-taking nature and tranquility of “the island I call home”, Menorca.
Collections & Photo Projects
“No matter where I am, to me the world
is always a constant stream of endless
Photographic Focus 2019
- VISUAL WONDERS OF EVERY-DAY LIFE
- PERFECT PARADISES
- MINDFUL MOMENTS
- THE ART OF NATURE
- LAND-, SEA- AND CITYSCAPES
- LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
- WATER, FIRE & OTHER ELEMENTS
Still coming up…
In the end, this is more than just a simple website. It’s the realisation of a dream. Living a creative life as an artist, and making a living by doing something that creates happiness just by the pure nature of doing it. To me, that’s the secret of living a fulfilled and happy life.