Whatever Doesn’t Kill You…

Darwin tried his best to discourage those foreign tourists from coming to the Rockies to photograph, including ordering up some drastic temperatures on his last two winter tours based out of Aurum Lodge.  But you can’t keep a good shooter down!  Roni and Alan Barrett would not be deterred by frostbite, car accidents and nasty weather.  They persevered through two grueling winter tours and even made the odd stunning image or two. 🙂  (Sensibly, however, they have timed their next visit to the Canadian Rockies for the fall.)

All kidding aside, I was very happy to meet Roni and Alan and greatly enjoyed viewing images from their portfolios.  Roni is fairly new to shooting, but already she is a stand-out with her own way of viewing the world and her ability to translate a keen eye for detail into unique imagery.  I was impressed with her shots from the Columbia Icefields from the winter tour shown here:

Yes, that is Yours Truly in the two shots containing an orange pedestrian and a dog (Brando got to tag along too).  I’m always visible in my POC as John Fujimagari calls it but instead of pulling her hair out, Roni turned those pesky pedestrians into a wonderful contextual juxtaposition of ‘man and the elements’.  With moody clouds and blowing snow, contrasting these tiny human figures against a stark, white world was a wonderful choice.  I particularly like the etched look to the hovering background mountains; their looming presence seems somehow more ominous for being slightly ‘peek-a-boo’.

Roni has earned access to two prestigious groups in the UK including the Royal Photographic Society and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  Click here to read more about Roni and details on these two awards.  Please visit her website to view more of her interesting photographic projects and ideas.  Roni, thanks for coming on the winter workshops, and thanks for being such a great sport about the tough conditions!



~ by Samantha on March 15, 2011.

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