Hi, and welcome to my website.
Good art is made up of many things but most of all
patience and sometimes chance.
Photography…… and being a photographer, is no different. It takes a lot of patience to be able to capture life on film (actually, nowadays in pixels), and sometimes chance to be able to capture that once in a lifetime shot, that image which brings the memory of that moment so close that you are able to relive it again and again every time you look at it.
I once traveled to the Arctic Circle to document a group of women sledging from Svalbard to the Van Post Glacier at the tip of Norway. It was bitterly cold, probably the coldest I have ever been in my life at about -30 deg. I was layered from top to toe and had to take special precaution for my hands so that I could photograph and still feel my fingers. I was the last person/sledger in the group so that I could stop to photograph whenever I needed to. I had 6 dogs pulling my sledge, all very strong and eager to stay with the group and not keen to stop at any point to wait for a human to take snapshots! To control the dogs, the sledge, the camera and cope with the weather conditions all at once, and with the realisation that there was no-one to cover my back in case the odd polar bear decides for a somewhat different style of breakfast – well, it was all very exhilarating and frightening at the same time. In moments like these you will find yourself challenged as a photographer but also as a human being. And to be able to get, even only one! good image, well, then you have achieved your goal.
I’ve been photographing since 1998 and still want more and more moments to capture. I hope that I never get too old to press that shutter button or to be able to see that specific moment before I press down the shutter.
Robeya Williams Walt