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, and with some brain cells still intact, he was able to spend more time in Bali, researching and photographing 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.
Jonathan is now an independent, freelance photographer and writer specializing in travel photography. He lives mostly in Bali, Thailand and England and travels extensively. He is currently working on more books and more ebooks.
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 Post, Bali Advertiser and The Times, Lombok.
He has contributed photographs to books, such as Murni's Very Personal Guide to Ubud, Dancing Out of Bali by John Coast, Indonesian Food by Sri Owen and The Ethnomusicologists Cookbook edited by Sean Williams.
He has created and maintains several web sites, including Murni's in Bali (http://www.murnis.com) and Secrets of Bali (http://www.secretsofbali.com) and his photographs are on http://www.jonathaninbali.com. Videos are on You Tube: JonathaninBali (http://www.youtube.com/user/JonathaninBali)
Murni and Jonathan have a joint blog http://murnisbali.wordpress.com