Jonah Calinawan (JO-nah ca-lee-NA-wan) is an accountant turned artist. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Jonah currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Jonah bought his first camera in 2002 and started self-learning photography. He attended a photography workshop in 2008 where the instructor suggested he pursue an MFA degree. After two years of contemplation, he took the plunge in 2010 and enrolled at the Academy of Art University.
Completing his MFA four years later, he is continually amazed at the unintended path that he embarked on. It has changed the trajectory and shape of his life. He metaphorically explores this journey in A Millions Suns, an ongoing photographic series that tells the story of one man’s search for his future.