Hi, I'm Jonathan Bailey!
I am a twenty-four-year-old conservation photographer with a background in cultural resources.
I have had the pleasure of being a voice for sacred spaces as a member of URARA's preservation committee and a collaborating party for the proposal and defense of the Bears Ears and Escalante / Grand Staircase National Monuments in addition to Utah's Molen Reef.
I have directed and overseen various conservation projects seeking protections for thousands of tribal heritage sites, numerous federally-listed endangered species, millions of acres of wilderness, and beloved creatures great and small. These projects have safeguarded what is precious by giving back just a little of the care and healing they provide to ourselves and to our communities.
I am thankful for the opportunity this has given me to listen to so many stories and perspectives from around the world. I have worked with elders, tribal leaders, politicians ranging from rural commissioners to Congress, conservation groups, energy executives, archaeological organizations, ranchers, and individuals from all walks of life. It is my philosophy that listening and working with a sense of understanding is fundamental to properly administer solutions that strengthen the health and integrity of wilderness.
Features and Clients
“[Jonathan] brings an ancient people to life through their stone-etched images, many of which are threatened by development and vandalism. The passion behind [his] photographs is apparent — and hard-won.” — Paige Blankenbuehler, High Country News (commenting on Rock Art: A Vision of A Vanishing Cultural Landscape)
“Bailey’s photographs say it all! From the mysteries of life lived naturally, amid dramatic, high-colored tapestries to the idiots who deface, collect, and otherwise mar the artwork. Not many understand the “tingle” of mystery the way he does, nor the vibrations that surround it. ” — Katie Lee, author of "Glen Canyon Betrayed" and "Sandstone Seduction"
“Jonathan is not only preserving images for history, but his keen eye is also making art that will last for generations” — James Dabakis, Utah State Senator
"Jonathan Bailey gives us images that ache with ineffable beauty and mystery, but also give rise to heartache as he shows that our sacred heritage is in real danger of becoming nothing more than a handful of dust.” — Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune
“We share with Jonathan a mission to foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources. As such, we are fortunate to draw from his archive of his stunning and evocative photographs, which convey the magnitude of people’s lives in the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest since time immemorial.” — Kate Sarther, Archaeology Southwest
“[Bailey’s photos are] a journey through some of the cultural landscapes of the people who lived here before. They show what is happening to our heritage and how it is threatened by possible future development.” — Richard Jenkinson, Utah Rock Art Research Association
2019 - Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape - Revised and Updated
Introduction by RE Burrillo. Essays by Alisha Anderson, Lawrence Baca, Lyle Balenquah, Greg Child, Kelley Hays-Gilpin, Andrew Gulliford, James Keyser, William Lipe, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Lawrence Loendorf, Connie Massingale, Lorran & Charlotte Meares, Aaron O’Brien, Geri Schrab, Scott Thybony, Paul Tosa, and Laurie Webster.
Published by Bower House Books.
2016 - Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape
First edition conservation anthology featuring essays and photographs. Significantly updated in 2019 edition.
Published by Johnson Books, Boulder, CO / Available where books are sold
Information on this title is coming soon. Check back for more details.