Jon Brack is a freelance photojournalist based out of Washington, D.C.  He focuses on telling humanitarian and environmental stories, often in geographically isolated locations where few others have the opportunity to visit.  These varied experiences have included living a year at the South Pole, documenting earthquake disaster recovery projects in Nepal, and motorbiking between rural villages in deforested northern Haiti.  Through his photography, Jon’s goal is to humanize the foreign, hopefully allowing for a better understanding of the world’s complexity and ultimately the striking similarities between peoples, cultures, and environments.

A few years ago, Jon also began using immersive gigapixel panoramas as a storytelling platform.  He has shot and built interactive tours of inside the Space Shuttles, around the ruins of Chernobyl, in and around Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and on the beaches of Midway Atoll where viewers can stand among the endangered species and marine debris on that isolated island.  Allowing virtual access to off-limit locations on a website or VR headset enhances the way that someone can experience and be affected by these types of photographic images.  These and other virtual reality projects have been featured on the websites of National Geographic, the Washington Post and NASA.

In addition to taking his own pictures, Jon enjoys teaching photography with National Geographic’s Photo Camp program, thus far with the Cuba, Ukraine, Jordan, Pakistan, Haiti, and South Sudan camps, among others.  Originally from Colorado, he graduated from the University of Oregon with a business degree symbolic of a traditional lifestyle that he’s avoided ever since while traveling to almost 80 counties on all seven continents.

 

All images on this website are copyright Jon Brack and may not be used in any capacity without his express permission.

On Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

On Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.