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 that few others have the opportunity to visit. These varied experiences have included living a year at the South Pole, documenting typhoon disaster recovery projects in the Philippines 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 locations as diverse as inside all three Space Shuttles, around the ruins of Chernobyl, within the public rooms of Elvis Presley’s Graceland and on the beaches of Pearl and Hermes Atoll where viewers can stand among the endangered species and marine debris environmental disaster on that isolated island. Allowing virtual access to off-limit locations on a website or iPad enhances the way that someone can experience and be affected by these types of photographic images. These and other panoramas 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 as Tech Director on the Ukraine, Jordan, Pakistan, Haiti and South Sudan camps. 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 over 70 counties on all seven continents.
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