JP Lehne was born in Oslo. His upbringing was a mixture of experiences from different countries, from the Norwegian fjords to crossing Afghanistan on a donkey, motorcycling across the Himalayas and skiing down the Salang Pass in Afghanistan (probably the first person ever to do so), to name but a few. He studied architecture in Geneva for a period, but soon ended up in the UK studying graphic design and photography simultaneously. JP took a keen interest in photography from an early age. His father bought him his first SLR when he was only 11, a Praktica which followed him everywhere during his travels in Afghanistan, until his horse rolled over it and transferred it instantly into a compact.
Somebody once said to him that he could never succeed in running a design company in highly competitive London - that was a challenge he couldn't pass by. He started his own design company soon afterwards which he successfully ran for 18 years where his photography skills went hand in hand with graphics, working with international clients from Europe, the Middle East and beyond. The challenge of giving industrial assignments, ships, pipes and machinery an aesthetical value is very satisfying and this is where his graphics skills give him a great advantage, forms and angles come into their own.
JP has several awards under his belt in commercial photography and these days he gets his kicks from hanging out of helicopters taking photographs of fast moving yachts.