When he was eight, Jon’s father gave him the family Kodak Box Brownie. He enjoyed the process of loading the 620 size film into the Kodak, but the film had to be sent away for development and printing.
At high school he was introduced to traditional darkroom techniques which he soon replicated at home in the family kitchen.
In the late 1970s Rendell honed his craft under renowned photographer Athol Shmith at Prahran College of Advanced Education, School of Art & Design in Melbourne.
After art college he obtained a bachelor's degree in art education and taught high school art and photography for the next ten years before moving into computer graphic design.
In 1994 he moved to San Francisco for the next 25 years. He returned permanently to Melbourne, Australia in 2019.
Rendell began digital photography in 1998 and now works exclusively in that format.
His photos of ordinary circumstances show an appreciation of life with fresh sensibilities.
Rendell's 2013 project was his first photo-a-day blog, 25’ RADIUS. 25’ RADIUS referred to the size of his apartment. Each day of 2013 Jon published a photo taken from within the confines of his abode in an effort to push himself to find inspiration in unexplored compositions and natural light.
A 2015 project, Is This Frisco?, photo-a-day blog showcased the city of San Francisco.
The theme for his 2017 series, Wall & Ground, consisted of what he calls wallscapes and groundscapes; where a wall or the ground becomes a canvas for the light and shadows that strike it.
The theme for his latest 365 series, See Levels Rise (2019), centered around climate change and shoreline photography. It began in San Francisco's Bay Area and concluded with Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.
Diploma of Art and Design,
Prahran College of Advanced Education, Melbourne
Bachelor of Education,
Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
"While a color
looks out at you,
a black and white image
— Jon Rendell
“I’m captivated by light and shadows.
I find myself hard-wired to focusing on the transitory, abstract shapes that come and go with the available light.”
— Jon Rendell
Contributed photographs for inclusion in Labassa — House of Dreams, (National Trust/Hardie Grant Books), 2020
Scene4 Magazine: Fog on Hobsons Bay August, Regifted July, Bloomin' Marvellous June, Ghost Town May, Girt by Sea April, Unfurling March, Life at the Forefront of Climate Change February, Blooms January
Port of San Francisco 2020 Calendar, Warehouse 6, August.
Scene4 Magazine: Foxtail Agave Part Deux December, Lines in the Sand November, Out of Mandalay October, By the Sea September, Postcards from Melbourne August, The Impossible Bird July, Thirty Seven Degrees June, Foxtail Agave May, Old Pier Pilings April, The Majesty of San Francisco's Ocean Beach March, Postcards From San Francisco's City Hall February, After Morandi January.
SFMOMA Submission Friday: Herringbone February 8.
Scene4 Magazine: Where There's Smoke December, Postcards from Muir Woods November, Architectural Abstractions October, Postcards From Lake Tahoe September, Flower Time August, Pareidolia & Apophenia July, Around the Bay June, Fascinating Backstories of Lesser Known Statues in San Francisco May, Happy Trails April, Playing All The Angles March, Reflections February, Patterns January.
Scene4 Magazine: Moods on the Waterfront December, Through a Lens Darkly November, Tourist Guide October, Gibraltar of the West September, Love Struck August, San Francisco—Recent Photographs July, Postcards from New York June, Half 'n Half May, Flourishing Flora April, Cloudscapes March, Wall and Ground February, Inspiration January.
SFMOMA Submission Friday: LIvermore December 15
YMCA of San Francisco, Magic in the Kitchen: Bayview YMCA's Iron Chef Competition, May 1
Strangers in a Frame December, Plants With Pizazz November, The Talk of the Town October, Taking It to the Streets of San Francisco September, The Humble Lily August, Wallscapes July, SFMOMA: L'Embarras des Richesses June, Bunny Invasion May, Eschscholzia Californica April, San Francisco From A Helicopter March, Go to Coney and Eat Baloney on a Roll February, Postcards from Napa January.
Contra Costa Times, October 25
Finding Beauty in Decay December, Postcards from Chinatown November, San Fran Shadows October, Golden Gate Park and the de Young Museum September, The Four Seasons of Foggy Frisco July/August, Secrets of Dogpatch and Pier 70 June, Bascule Drawbridges of San Francisco May, Quirky San Francisco April, Postcards from New Mexico March, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz February, Lake Merced, San Francisco January.
365 photo-a-day blog, Is this Frisco? — San Francisco obscura
Homeless, Photo Du Jour, SFIST, July 24
The Examiner, Marty's Place, July 29
Homelessness in San Francisco January, Portrait February, Postcards from NOLA March, Gender in Still Life April, The Agave Up Close May, Lolita Lebron Funeral July, San Francisco Waterfront August, Postcards From Washington DC II September, Everywhere You Look October, Bike Rack Shadow Play in San Francisco November, Ocean Beach San Francisco December.
365 photo-a-day blog, 25' RADIUS
A Few Drops of Mapplethorpe and a Tincture of O'Keeffe February, Postcards from the Cyclades March, Postcards from Puerto Rico April, Dead Daffodils May, A Stroll Through San Francisco's Mission District June, Finding Beauty Within a 25' Radius July, Confessions of a Mask August, Light and Shadow September, Refractions October, Happy Angler November, Looking at the Everyday for Inspiration December.
Light & Composition Magazine: Shadow, March 31.
Huffington Post: San Francisco, a Local's Perspective April 2.
Blog of artist Lisa Congdon, 24, April.
On the Waterfront March, San Francisco: Above, Below and In Between April, Flowers with Drama May, Food with Drama July, Killing Time Before the Show April, The Staircase July, Heading Toward Abstraction September, Postcards from Paris October, Postcards from Italy November, Postcards from Washington, DC December.
Architecture Week cover.
Photo published in Cidades Sustentaveis Cidades Inteligentes (Sustainable Cities Smart Cities) by Carlos Leite, Brazil, 2012.
Global Yodel, May 23.
Light & Composition Magazine: The Hierloom Piece of the Building, November 8.
Light & Composition Magazine: Photo of the Day, February 17.
Light & Composition Magazine: Photo of the Day, February 26.
Book: San Francisco On the Level. Humorous collection of photos of homes along some of San Francisco’s steepest streets.
Photographed art and architecture for the book, From Caves to Canvas — An Introduction to Western Art by Don Williams and Barbara Vance Wilson. [10 photographs, plus third edition cover design layout] 3 editions, 2 reprints.
Photographed traveling theatre for Australian Bicentennial Authority
Photographed art and architecture for the book, In Our Own Image—The Story of Australian Art by Don Williams [50 photographs] 3 editions, 4 reprints
Photographed material for inclusion in The Australian Pottery Book by Harry Memmott, 2nd edition
Alexandra-Eildon Photocomp 78, Third Prize (Section B), Early Spring
Alexandra-Eildon Photocomp 78, Certificate of Merit, Goulburn River
Monthly winner of statewide student photo competition run by The Age Newspaper.
“Who needs the Grand Canyon?
If you look closely enough, you’ll find your subject right under your nose.” — Jon Rendell
Small Works, 7–22 January, Brunswick St Gallery, 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
23rd Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 19, Baker & Hamilton Building, Adobe, San Francisco
Three prints permanently acquired by Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, January 23
22nd Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 21, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA
Paris Photos, Lobby Gallery, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins August 7-29
Postcards from the Edge 2018, January 19-21, Gallery 524, New York
21st Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 30, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA
59th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition,
May 13–July 30
Nocturnes & Noir: a Juried Night Photography Exhibit, Harvey Milk Photo Center, February 11 – April 2
Iconic Paris — Solo (traveling)
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
September 1 – September 30
Featured sale in Your Daily Photograph September 16
58th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition, May 7 – July 28
View Masters, 40 photos
Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University
November 16, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Shortlisted for One for the Books at Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015, Australia.
Iconic Paris — Solo (traveling)
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
May 1 – August 1
January 30 – February 2.
Sofitel Brisbane Grand Central
July 1 – August 24
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
September 1 – October 5
Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
October 8 – November 9
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
December 1 – January 30, 2015
18th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 19, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA
56th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition "Bending Over Backwards", May 3–July 31.
Small Art—Big Impact (Manhattan Arts International). An International Juried Online Exhibition December 18, 2013 – February 18, 2014. Jurors: James Bacchi, Edward Rubin and Renée Phillips.
17th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 25, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA
Cover to Cover: A Survey of Artist Members' Photo Books, SF Camerawork July 10 – August 22.
55th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition, May 4 – July 6.
Consulat Général de France. Installation of
12 prints, 88 Kearney St, San Francisco. March 1– November 30.
16th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 14, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA
15th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 23, The Galleria (San Francisco Design Center), San Francisco, CA
14th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 24, The Galleria (San Francisco Design Center), San Francisco, CA
13th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 3, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA
12th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 3, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, CA
Permanent installation of photographs of Italy La Firma Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia.
11th Annual art for AIDS Auction, October 5, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA
10th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, August 4, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA
Clouds and Landscapes, August 1-October 31, Café La, Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne Australia
Matters of the Heart, 41 Gold Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Artists at the Mission, Mission Arts Centre, Port Melbourne, Australia
Images of Fitzroy [Past & Present], Fitzroy Town Hall, 3rd prize, open color section, Melbourne, Australia