Jonathan Route (born 1970 in Leominster, Mass., United States) is an artist who mainly works with photography. He examines the ambiguity and origination of life via retakes and variations. Route wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation. His photos never show the complete structure. This results in the viewer easily coming to his or her own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality.
Route applies a poetic and often metaphorical language. He tries to stimulate the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations. His works are based on formal associations that open a unique poetic vein. By choosing such formal solutions, he tries to develop images that do not follow logical criteria but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. His works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, and past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role.