Biography - White Xan
Biography

Since childhood I was fascinated by the spectacular aspects nature and landscapes could display. This was accompanied by a marked interest in visual arts, particularly great masters of Romanticism and Impressionism, like Turner, Constable, Bierstadt, Cole, Friedrich, Corot, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Van Gogh, etc..

Self-taught in photography, I owe my first pictorial emotions to photo albums made by my ancestors between 1890 and 1920. These were essentially about their wide private property in Conches, with the manor house and its outbuildings. I was fascinated by the transformation of the landscape through time. The beauty of the area, a genuine botanical park at the time, exercised on me a great wonder.

I then had, during my teen years, the opportunity to discover the practice of monochromatic photography, especially by developing film in the darkroom. A few years later came the discovery of paragliding, rekindling my interest in landscape photography, adding thereby an extra dimension: aerial view. This made me discover new angles and and gorgeous mountainscapes.

Since then, I have discovered, much more recently, fabulous mountainscape photographers such as, of course, the great Ansel Adams, but also Samuel Bitton, Cornel Pufan, Roger N. Clark, Galen Rowell, Justin Black, Vern Clevenger, Carr Clifton, Mario Colonel, Jim Dockery, Jack Dykinga, Macduff Everton, Frans Lanting, David and Mark Muench, William Neill, G. Londie Padelski, Tony Rowell, Jim Stimson, Larry Ulrich, Linde Waidhofer, Nevada Wier, and certainly many more to discover...

I'm fond of pictures that make you want to enter the photo, the ones that have the "I wanna be there" effect. Emotion is more important to me than any theory. I want to keep an instinctive and sensitive approach to photography. I also like working on my pictures to bring out all their potential.

 

Contest Prize winner:

on websites:

 

- Panoramio.com

June 2011: Honorable Mention

 

- Critique Photo.com

January 8, 2012: "Coup de Coeur/favorite" by CP jury

February 26, 2012: "Coup de Coeur/favorite" by CP members)

 

- tdg.ch

"The 4 Seasons in Geneva":

- 2nd prize in category "Summer"

- 2nd prize in category "Winter"



- Flickr.com

Top of the Month Gallery, february 2015 (Life's a Journey)

Top of the Month Gallery, august 2015 (Life's a Journey)

Top of the Month Gallery, january, 2016 (Roby's Friendly Corner)


- viewbug.com

Won Summer Selection
July, 2016

Won Member Selection Award
December, 2016

Top 10 class
July, 2016 (placed ahead of 14'579 images)
August, 2016 (placed ahead of 57'048 images)


Finalist
in the contest "A Photo Tour Around Africa"
February 2017 (placed ahead of 15'294 images)

 

Comments seen on the web:

 

May 15th 2012:

"You are the painter of Green in the landscapes, the creator of surreal landscapes, a healed Nature, of the wish to be there and walk. The watcher of clouds, making the unique composition of what is on earth and above earth, one big unification of Life here, Paradise. Even an "orage" belongs to that. Not disturbing. Creating balance. Keeping balance."

 

June 11th 2011:

"Lorsque l'âme est en peine, c'est ici que j'aime me réfugier en me noyant dans le vert tout en regardant filer au fil de l'eau mes souvenirs, mes émotions...enfin tout ce qui fait notre humanité."

 


May 18th 2012:

"Sua galeria de fotos é realmente maravilhosa. Saudações do Brasil, Roberto."

 

March 10th 2012:

"Великолепный пейзаж! Восхитительный снимок! У вас замечательная галерея!"

 

July 26th 2011:

"Nádherná fotografie i celá vaše galerie. Pozdrav z České Republiky"

 

November 25th 2011:

"DIFÍCIL ESCOLHER A MAIS LINDA!"

 

november 5th 2011:"Wunderschöne Bilder. Du hast eine tolle Galerie LF. Beste Grüße von BIrgit"

 

 

Equipment:

Film:

- Fuji 645 Wide
- Mamiya 7 II



Digital:

- Fujifilm FinePix F100fd
- Nikon D90
- Nikon D800E
-Sony A7RII



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