Skip navigation

Reflection: Self Portrait.


(A.K.A. Jonas Marlowe)

I like to draw pictures,

take photos,

and make little movies.

I decided to buy a camera and start taking pictures in July of 2008.

Since then, my work has been invited to be on exhibit as art installations:

at The Gasteig Cultural Museum in Munich Germany (Dec. 2008 – Feb. 2009),

as part of the Lange Nacht der Musik (“Long Night Of Music”) Festival in Munich, Germany (May 2009),

as part of the Copper Building’s ‘Video Wall’ sponsored by in downtown Los Angeles, California USA (running indefinitely as of June 2009),

at the ZooArt International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Cuneo, Italy (July 2009).

In December of 2009 I was approached by Getty Images to become one of their contributing photographers.

and In January of 2010 I was signed by Getty to license my photos for commercial use.

Also, my photos have been published:

in Seattle Sound Magazine as well as numerous blogs and websites from around the world.

You can also follow me on FLICKRTWITTER, VIMEO and LIVE FOR FAME.


Canon 5D Mark1

Holga 120 TLR


Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM

Holga 120 Fisheye Lens




  1. hey jonas, i finally had time to go through the whole site. loved everything. your photo’s and films are fantastic!!!!!!
    love you

  2. Thanks. It’s been a fun experiment so far.

    • Samantha Davis Friedman
    • Posted August 27, 2008 at 11:02 pm
    • Permalink
    • Reply

    Jonas, Amazing what you find when you google someone! Abby and I would love to catch up with you and Curtiss the next time either (or both) of you are in LA!


  3. @Samantha Davis — I’ll send an email. I’d love to catch up!

  4. Jonas – Greetings! Absolutely inspiring. Thank you Ladros!

  5. Thank YOU!

  6. Hey Jonas-
    We didn’t even actually go to HS together, but I followed this from Claudia Martinez’ facebook site. gorgeous.
    I was one of the girls you got arrested with at Universal least I think that was you…my memory is getting bad!!! i went to vnhs and was friends with some of your friends including the Forbes brothers and Aaron Hamilton. blah blah..
    Anyhoo…great work!
    cindy sherbrooke shea

  7. Ha Ha. That was me. I think we were trying to break into the Norman Bates house when security caught us.

    • Kelly Berman (Skaller)
    • Posted January 13, 2009 at 6:41 am
    • Permalink
    • Reply

    Jonas…look at you as a man! In my mind you (we) are still 16. I’ve been chatting up with Malayna via facebook and she told me where to find you. I hope life has been good to you and would love to catch up. Send me an email- or join the reunion on facebook….lots of Van Nuys friends there…though I haven’t been able to track down Chris. Good to find you though…

  8. It’s great to be found, Kelly.

  9. I think it is awesome to see what you have done in your life since you were in “CotC.” It was one of my all time fav movies and I loved your parts in it. So Marlowe was just a stage name? That “True Blood” picture you have of Simone on FlikR reminds me of how you looked in the movie…dark and sinister! You should write a bio for your IMDB page. Thank you for sharing your great talents!

  10. Well, thank YOU!

  11. I think ur photography and video are truly amazing. thank you for sharing on L4F and with the rest of the world

  12. Thank you!! And thanks for my killer T-Shirt!!

  13. Hi Jonas, My name is Susana G. Romanos. I’m in the celesteprize web too but these days I’m having problems with the messages tool so I’ve decided to write throught your blog, I saw it in you video work at celeste. I address to you because I’m doing my thesis about Laurie Anderson’s work focussed on viral allegory, so everything or anything with the word “virus” calls my attention. My question is obvious, why virus? Of course you don’t have to answer, I don’t want to disturb, but I will be very grateful if you do. Greetings.

  14. To tell you the truth Susana, I didn’t put much thought into it. The name Americanvirus popped into my head one day and I just thought it sounded cool. I’m sorry that that’s probably not much help for your thesis. None the less, I am a huge fan of William Burroughs and Laurie Anderson. Burroughs says, “Language is a virus from outer space…” and Anderson says, “That’s why I’d rather hear your name than see your face.” Anderson is commenting on the viral nature of language over images. I’d like to think that some images can be just as viral, iconic images that change the world like the vietnam napalm girl or more recently the photos of torture from Guantanamo Bay. Also, images inform language in some cultures, like the pictograms of the chinese alphabet. Well… there’s my 2 cents for what it’s worth. As for Americanvirus… like I said, I really didn’t think about it. Good luck with your thesis!!

  15. Hi Jonas,

    I am interested in showing your video, Campfire, as part of a program to be show on a videowall in downtown L.A. Please contact me if you are interested.


  16. Hey Jonas! I found your gorgeous Slippage shots on flickr. Can I put them on the Skylark website? Let me know!

  17. I agree with everyone above Jonas. Your creativity is awesome and it’s always cool to see your new projects. I was reading the post by Susana who asked “Why Virus?” So I thought I would put a link to your “Looking Through The Lens” interview on my post in case anyone would like to read it. It is one of my favorite interviews I have done so “Thank You” Jonas! And it gives an amazing insight into your world of photography and creativity!

    Looking Through The Lens –
    Our Interview With Jonas Seaman

  18. Until now I only knew you as Americanvirus, however, through your work i feel like i have a deeper understanding of who you are. I think your work is simply fantastic, and am so blessed to have you on For my selfish reasons of wanting to see more art out there I created liveforfame to find people like you. I hope you truly know how respected you are, and your passion lives through your work. please.always.stay.hellamega.

    love, mp and all of hellamega

    • It’s been an amazing experience to watch the liveforfame community grow. I feel completely blessed to be a part of it. Thank you so much for my Vimeo Plus membership!! Holy Crap, now I’ve got to buy a video camera. Thank You. Thank You!!

  19. You have some really interesting photos! Glad I stumbled upon your blog!

  20. your photography is inspirational! keep up the good work

  21. Your photography is amazing!

    are you by any chance related to John Marlowe?

    • No relation. Marlowe was actually my brothers’ middle name. I go by my real name now, which is Jonas Seaman. I’m glad you like my photography!! Thanks!!

  22. Jonas-
    Your work is splendid. I’m eager to see more of it!

One Trackback/Pingback

  1. […] TO DO IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM: take a picture of yourself while no one is […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: