"Everything has a beautiful dark twist to it, including paradise."
Three years ago, after receiving his first bonus from an entertainment company on the island of Aruba, Jonathan Petit headed straight to a local technology store and purchased his first camera and lenses.
What started out as a hobby quickly became an obsession. Petit, only twenty at the time, used to rush home from work every evening to binge watch tutorials and follow online courses in photography.
He combined his learnings with his innate artistic instinct and began to share the results online.
His images quickly gained attention and his obsession became his full-time job. As his schedule filled up with photo shoots for different occasions, it didn’t take him long to know he would specialize in portraits, weddings and events.
Now at twenty three, Petit is a professional photographer featured on the official aruba.com website. His style is very much concept driven as he works closely with his clients to understand their vision and help them find unique locations that reflect their sentiments.
Working on a small island never limited his creativity. When asked how come his images always have a slightly different touch, he claims to live by the rule of never repeating a successful step. His inspiration is rooted in art—fashion, in particular. He is drawn to symmetry and contrast.
Recognized for his dark images while photographing on a tropical island, he is always on the lookout for something different “Afterall”, he says, “everything has a beautiful dark twist to it, including paradise.”
In 2016, Petit landed his first international cover on DISfunkshion’s magazine’s 24 th volume. His images have also been featured in Stadium Magazine, a Swedish publication which releases 600.000 copies per edition. Locally, Petit photographs for Xclusivo Magazine and Amigoe. Over the last two years, he has covered major events as the official photographer for Aruba Island Heritage and Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival. When he is not on set, Petit binge watches tutorials on cinematography. If history is any indication, his next bonus is as good as spent.
Written by Petit’s friend and fan, local writer Rosabelle Illes.