Jonathon Rose | Photographer | Designer
Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana area, I've been around this area nearly my entire life. I'm 41 years old and happily married to my wife Katie who puts up with a lot from me.
I was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) in January of 2009. Over the months that followed, treatment ensued, and I wasn't able to return to work for 9 months. The radiation and chemo had stolen my ability to draw, write, and accomplish simple tasks. There were days that I couldn't even button my own shirts, let alone draw something with my numb, tingling hands. It was depressing to watch something you were good at your entire life be stripped away. Even after returning to work, my ability to draw the way I used to, hadn't returned yet. I needed another avenue for venting my creativity. It became clear that learning about photography was now or never. So, I did what any husband would normally do - I turned to my wife and said, 'I want to do this, and I need you to help me.' And she did. She got me the Nikon camera that I still use today, every day.
2010 was spent mostly learning. I'd shoot whatever I could, whenever I could. I learned about f/stops, shutter speeds, long exposures, focusing, tri-pods, and the difference between lenses. I took my camera everywhere with me. Even to the grocery store. I’m still guilty of doing this today. I read somewhere that a photographer's first 10,000 photos are the worst, and from there, you get better. So, I figured I'd better get busy. I couldn't draw, but I could push a shutter button. I attended seminars, took classes, read books, studied other photographers and listened to the advice they were willing to give from their experiences. Little did I know, that I would fall in love with photography, and it would become the forefront for my creative outlet, moreso than drawing ever was.
Ironically, as dreadful as it was to be diagnosed with cancer and withstanding the treatment that followed, it was a blessing that led me towards my passion for photography. If I would’ve never been diagnosed, I may not have ever taken the time to learn photography, and have the ability to share my work with those who appreciate the images. Every image I capture is a historical, positive reminder that I survived the disease and am willing go forth every day, continuing to pay back a colorful, pleasant revenge on the disease that has taken too many loved ones from all of us.