About Jon

Born in Germany to Hungarian and Romanian parents, I grew up in Vienna, Austria before moving to England to study at Cambridge University. I like to think of myself as a bit of a Pan-European, which has its up- and downsides. I can make myself feel at home most anywhere and have never really struggled with culture shock. On the other hand, having generations of your family live close to each other can give you the sort of deep connection with a place that I sometimes yearn for. But if you were to ask me what I identify as – I would have to say I’m Viennese, heart and soul.

After two years of an Economics degree at Cambridge and an internship at an investment bank in London, I realised that this was not a road I wanted to go down any further.  The switch to studying Geography instead was very sudden, but suddenly I found myself fascinated by what I was learning. This step altered my life path in ways I’m only just beginning to comprehend, and a Master’s in glaciology at the Scott Polar Research Institute followed.

This shift of focus to thinking about the physical, natural world took place in two ways. Firstly, a fascination with natural science and understanding how our planet works, but also an appreciation of the beauty that is all around us. Photography and writing, to me, are means by which I would like to show this beauty to others.

My first bigger solo trip was a seven-month journey around the world. Among many other things I climbed a Himalayan mountain, hiked into Mordor in New Zealand, escaped to the Cook Islands and fell for Japan’s bizarre charms.

Since then I have been working as a science writer and freelance photographer, as well as a lecturer and zodiac driver on cruise ships travelling to Antarctica and the Arctic. This last job in particular almost feels surreal, and while on board I regularly have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

While I have now visited all seven continents, I hope that my journeys are only just beginning. Join me and get carried away to lovely places around the world – whether you’re an armchair explorer, looking for inspiration for a trip of your own or on a similar trajectory to mine – I hope you enjoy my work. I’d love to hear what you think, too – do chip in in the comments sections!

I would be delighted to collaborate with other writers, photographers or filmmakers – please do get in touch!

Beating the humdrum – because life will only ever be as good as you make it.

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo's Imperial Palace Gardens, Japan

Beating the Humdrum by smelling some cherry blossoms in the gardens of Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.