Let's Explore Empowerment with Rachael Talibart
The pontoon is hot and scratchy under my feet. My hat’s brim flaps against my cheek. I am holding a pink net, chasing shimmering minnows that slip through the gaps and will never be caught. Stretching for them, I lean too far and plunge into bottomless grey. Suspended in gloom, I don’t yet know to shut my eyes against the swirling emptiness. Cold swaddles me. For the first time, I am completely alone, although the swell surges in my ears like bellowing voices. Strong hands hoist me into clear blue air. But the hat has drifted too far, and is lost.
Where do we go to find the antidote for what leads us off course? For Rachael Talibart, the answer lies in the splash of waves on an English sea shore.
Rachael Talibart is a professional seascape and coastal photographer. Her critically acclaimed photographs of the ocean and coast have been featured in the press all over the world. Rachael is represented by galleries in Europe and the USA, her work is frequently exhibited and her limited edition prints are collected internationally. She is the author of three monographs, including ‘Sirens’ and, most recently, Tides and Tempests, and she writes for photography magazines.
Rachael grew up on the south coast of England. Her first career was as a solicitor in the City of London. During the City years, Rachael’s friends and colleagues were used to seeing her return from trips with bags full of exposed film; the developing sometimes cost more than the trip! In 2008, she converted to digital and she says that is when the obsession really set in. In 2000, Rachael left her City career and, after obtaining two more degrees, she now works full-time on her photography.
Much of Rachael’s early childhood was spent at sea. This has left her with a life-long fascination for the ocean in all its forms, but especially in stormy weather. Rachael travels widely for her photographs but retains a special fondness for the South of England and many of her images are created there. For Rachael, nothing beats a day on an empty shore, the wilder the weather the better, and this is reflected in her work.
Rachael owns f11 Workshops, providing location and online photography training and she leads international photography tours for Ocean Capture. An experienced teacher and lecturer, Rachael is particularly interested in the creative aspects of photography.
One of ‘the best outdoor photographers working in the UK today’ Outdoor Photography Magazine, June 2016.