Jonathan Copeland was born and went to school in Belfast, Northern Ireland before going to London to study law at University College London.
He practised law in two major law firms in the City of London for 25 years. Throughout that time he travelled to Southeast Asia on a yearly basis and developed a passion for Indonesian culture and a strong desire to understand it.
After retiring from the law he researched and photographed all aspects of Balinese culture. The fruits of that research appear in the best selling book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World by Jonathan Copeland and Ni Wayan Murni published by Orchid Press in 2010 and in its second print run, also an ebook available from its own web site http://www.secretsofbali.com and http://www.murnis.com
Jonathan is now a freelance photographer and writer specialising in travel photography. He lives mostly in Bali, Thailand and England and travels extensively. He stays in Rye every year and has written the ebook Walking Tour of Rye, the most beautiful town in England, available from http://www.murnis.com
Ni Wayan Murni and Jonathan Copeland wrote From Tattoos to Textiles, Murni's Guide to Asian Textiles, All You Need to Know ... And More, which is an ebook available on http://www.murnis.com and Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Murni's Warung, Jonathan, Rob Goodfellow and Peter O’Neill complied and edited Forty Delicious Years, Murni's Warung, Ubud, Bali, 1974-2014, From Toasted Sandwiches to Balinese Smoked Duck was published in 2014. It has its own web site http://www.fortydeliciousyears.com and channel on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFq22MYP-_s
Jonathan’s photographs have been published in magazines such as Garuda Indonesia in-flight magazine, Hello Bali, Ubud Live, and Bali and Beyond and newspapers such as the Jakarta Globe, Jakarta Post, Bali Advertiser and The Times, Lombok.
He has contributed photographs to books, such as the ebook Murni’s Very Personal Guide to Ubud by Ni Wayan Murni, available from http://www.murnis.com, Dancing Out of Bali by John Coast, Indonesian Food by Sri Owen, The Ethnomusicologists Cookbook edited by Sean Williams and Bali: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Spectacular Tropical Island by Linda Hoffman and Forty Delicious Years, Murni's Warung, Ubud, Bali, 1974-2014, From Toasted Sandwiches to Balinese Smoked Duck.
His photographs are on the photography web site http://www.jonathaninbali.com
Jonathan’s videos are on You Tube: JonathaninBali (http://www.youtube.com/user/JonathaninBali) and http://www.murnis.com
Murni and Jonathan have a joint blog http://www.murnis.com
Jonathan is on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Twitter.
Where to find Jonathan Copeland online
Where to buy in print
The Bangkok Story, an Historical Guide to the Most Exciting City in the World
The Bangkok Story traces the history of Bangkok up to the present day, and describes and places the main buildings in the city in context, to explain to the visitor their meaning and relevance, something that the usual guide books do not cover. There are a lot of places not mentioned in other books. There are directions and opening hours. The book is illustrated with over 400 colour photographs.
Walking Tour of Rye, the most beautiful town in England
Rye, 70 miles south of London, is a small town, rich in history and numerous well-preserved buildings. The town is just the right size to go on a walking tour. This guide explains every important building and directs you to the next one. There are stories of French raids, piracy, murder, plague and Royal visits. Brief history lessons to read on the tour or at home. There are over 100 photographs.
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