My guest in this episode is Canadian documentary and fine art photographer Dyanne Wilson. In this interview, we talk about her influences in photography and get into the importance of looking at other art forms when developing a photographic vision.
Another topic of our conversation is Dyanne’s photo tour to Yellowknife which is considered to be the capital of Northern Lights in Canada.
Although Dyanne has studied Art History at the University of Ottawa and has taken a few technical courses in photography, she is basically self-taught. Here’s an extensive guide on finding your inner photographer and how to make the most of your camera.
Dyanne has a keen interest in the cultural diversity of Canada as it is expressed in the built environment, nature and life itself.
She prefers images that convey the mood, narrative and beauty of a person, place or event.
In 2014, Dyanne was invited by Fuji to be an official Fuji X-Photographer.
Q&A with Dyanne Wilson
- Favorite photograph: My favourite photo at this moment is „A Winter’s Night“ by me. It is a photograph I took one night around 11pm in mid November. The ice had just frozen over and people were beginning to walk on it. I was unsure of whether or not I should venture out to capture the scene but I noticed a truck parked on the ice so it couldn’t be too bad. I was alone with the exception of a fox that crossed my path. I love the darkness with a glimpse of light streaming through what seems to be an opening in the clouds, the story line of traces of human life and community in barren and cold conditions. And I especially love the stillness and mystery that it evokes. I currently have it hanging in my living room.
- Favourite inspirational quote about photography (or life in general): I have two favourite quotes:
„Work is love made visible.“
„We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.“
- Favorite book: „Fifteen Dogs“* by Andre Alexis. I loved this book because it is a story about 15 dogs who received the gift of human consciousness from two gods on a bet. The bet was that dogs would be even more unhappy than humans are if they were given human consciousness. It was my favourite read because I love dogs of course and I like to think about these things i.e. what constitutes a good life and how one should achieve happiness and meaning in life. Also, one of the key canine protagonists Majnoun reminds me of my 10 year old Golden Doodle named Saydee.
- Favorite photographer: Yousuf Karsh. As you know I have already mentioned how much I like the work of Annie Leibowitz however, I thought I should also mention a Canadian master portrait photographer who happens to be from my home town in Ottawa, Canada. His portrait of Winston Churchill is masterful. I’ve seen an original print of it in the Speakers Chamber in the House of Commons and it is arresting. He had an uncanny ability to know and connect with his subjects in way that is congruent with their story. He has photographed some of the great personalities of the 20th century: Queen Elizabeth, Einstein, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Picasso and others.
- One contemporary photographer you’ve recently discovered: David Burdeny. I love his colourful medium format aerial work. He makes gorgeous very large prints.
- Favorite photography gadget: I love my Peak Design Slide strap*. It enables me to switch cameras effortlessly as well as distribute the weight around my shoulders.
- Favorite song when traveling: The new rendition of Paul Simon’s classic „The Sound of Silence“* by American rock band „Disturbed“. He sings it with such passion and the song’s lyrics really resonate with me. Actually it might be a good theme song for my favourite picture.
- What’s in your camera bag? I have both the Fujifilm XH1* and XT2*, cameras along with several Fujifilm lenses: XF16MM, XF23F2, XF35F2, XF56APD, XF10-24, XF16-55 and the XF50-140. I also have a Fujifilm EF500 flash* as well as a Godox V860II Flash*.
„Yellowknife“ – Images from Dyanne Wilson
Dyanne Wilson is a documentary and fine art photographer as well as an official Fujifilm-X-photographer.
Dyanne has been featured before on my online-photography-magazine „The Art of Creative Photography“: „Love Made Visible“
Although this podcast is mainly in German, every now and then I interview photographers in English:
- Valérie Jardin: „Street Photography – Creative Vision Behind The Lens“
- RE Casper: „StreetPX: „The Street Is Like A Theater“
- Rinzi Ruiz: „Street Zen – Or Photography As A Meditative Practice“
- Dimitris Makrygiannakis: „Remembering Life Through Photography“
- Marc Fairhurst: „Why Did You Take That Shot?“
- Dmitry Stepanenko: „Heavy Colour“ Street Photography
- Dyanne Wilson: „Chasing The Northern Lights in Yellowknife“
- Jason Koxvold: „KNIVES“ – Left Behind In Rural America
- Luc Kordas: „Loneliness In New York City“
- Soumya Shankar Ghosal: Meeting Steve McCurry On The Streets Of Kolkata
- Darran K Roper: „The Thrill Of Finding Moments“
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