A Timebanker since 2015, Jon Eland has two art practices based on photography and textiles. He loves collaboration, self organising creative communities and collective development and he has been involved in several local and international artistic collectives.
Whilst his photographic style does differ between practices and from project to project you can be certain that each series will have a sense of narrative that also has some unreality.
One practice is focused on capturing what it is to be in a place; responding with photography and textiles on a personal level to the environments he finds himself in. His other practice focuses on gay and queer men as its subject – looking at identities, tribes and societal impacts on how individuals react with the world at large.
Alongside his photographic projects Jon worked to develop a real-world element for Flickr (the social network) in Leeds before founding the Exposure Leeds photographic group (which ran for 5 years), as part of this he brought the Photocamp unconference concept to Europe. Since this he created the (we are) Obscured international queer art collective and has exhibited with the Homosurrealism group in London, Warsaw and Paris as well as other exhibitions throughout the UK, in Athens, Rome, Dortmund, Louisville, Los Angeles and New York
Currently Jon is communications lead for the Timebank as well as refining his practices looking at assemblage with fabric and needle crafts as can be seen from his most recent work, shown at Homosurrealism Paris: