Biography - Xan White

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.



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June 2011: Honorable Mention


- Critique

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

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



"The 4 Seasons in Geneva":

- 2nd prize in category "Summer"

- 2nd prize in category "Winter"


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)

Top of the Month Gallery, February, 2017 (Life's a Journey)

Top of the Month Gallery, February, 2017 (Exquisite Art)

Top of the Month Gallery, March, 2017 (Life's a Journey)

Top of the Month Gallery, July, 2017 (A Little Bit Of Soap)

Top of the Month Gallery, August, 2017 (A Little Bit of Soap)


Won Contest Finalist in Ships And Boats Photo Contest
October, 2017 (placed ahead of 15'769 images)

Won Contest Finalist in Visions Of Africa Photo Contest
February, 2017 (placed ahead of 15'294 images)

Won Featured
September, 2017

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)
September 2016 (placed ahead of 63'726 images)
October 2016 (placed ahead of 9'449 images)
October 2016 (placed ahead of 62'098 images)
February 2017 (placed ahead of 3'000 images)
March 2017 (placed ahead of 29'928 images)
March 2017 (placed ahead of 52'673 images)
April 27, 2017 (placed ahead of 51,827 images)
April 27, 2017 (placed ahead of 4,190 submissions)
April 27, 2017 (placed ahead of 54,097 submissions)
April 28, 2017 (placed ahead of 9.268 submissions)
May 4, 2017 (placed ahead of 6,917 submissions)
May 9, 2017 (placed ahead of 11,549 submissions)
June 4, 2017 (placed ahead of 30,276 submissions)
June 4, 2017 (placed ahead of 30,128 submissions)
June 14, 2017 (placed ahead of 26,012 submissions)
June 22, 2017 (placed ahead of 57,774 submissions)
June 23, 2017 "Reflected bridge in the night" (placed ahead of 11,514 submissions)
June 23, 2017 "Antelope sunray" (placed ahead of 18,463 submissions)
June 29, 2017 "Jungle core" (placed ahead of 57,207 submissions)
July 1, 2017 "Stick mountain at dawn" (placed ahead of 26,437 submissions)
July 8, 2017 "Reflected bridge in the night" (placed ahead of 13,891 submissions)
July 8, 2017 "Stairs & the glass" (placed ahead of 12,298 submissions)
July 13, 2017 "Perched on a clover" (placed ahead of 6,993 submissions)
July 15, 2017 "Up in the sky" (placed ahead of 7,471 submissions)
July 15, 2017 "The white cliff walk" (placed ahead of 50,176 submissions)
July 26, 2017 "Stone in the Mirror" (placed ahead of 8,159 submissions)
July 29, 2017 "Sunset on the valley" (placed ahead of 23,411 submissions)
August 14, 2017 "Trilogy" (placed ahead of 50,420 submissions)
August 23, 2017 "Purple gloaming" (placed ahead of 11,316 submissions)
August 25, 2017 "1890 Lady" (placed ahead of 9,872 submissions)
August 28, 2017 "What a wonderful world !" (placed ahead of 48,014 submissions)
August 30, 2017 "Pathway to the vineyard hut" (placed ahead of 9,139 submissions)

Top 30 class
February 2017 (placed ahead of 46'744 images)

Won Contest Finalist in Visions Of Africa Photo Contest
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:



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

"You’ve successfully fused style with technique creating satisfaction for the eyes and contemplative silence for the mind. Very good"

A fotografia...é como a poesia!

Às vezes o poeta erra na escolha das palavras ou no formato da estrofe...
As palavras se tornam magia...
Compõe-se...uma bela poesia!

Não precisa estar feliz nem aflito,
Nem refugiar em lugar bonito,
Em busca da inspiração.
Ela é uma luz que chega de repente,
Com a rapidez de uma estrela cadente.
Que acende a mente... o coração!
vania Dramis pimenta





- Fuji 645 Wide
- Mamiya 7 II


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