Who can best capture the ocean? A person who spent his whole life with him and knows the “habits” of this stormy element. The first thing that comes to mind is the marine painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, famous all over the world for his canvases. But what about photography? Who shoots the ocean the way the famous painter painted it? Anna Kaunis answers – Rachael Talibart.
Rachael Talibart grew up on the south coast of England, worked as a lawyer, but is now fully dedicated to photography – this element was closer to her. Even during the first work, Rachael’s friends and colleagues got used to the fact that she always brought a lot of footage, and photographers know that development sometimes costs several times more than travel – this never stopped photography. However, in 2008, Rachel switched to digital – it was in that year that the girl realized that the ocean of photography had sucked her in.
In order to take pictures with super fast exposures, she changed the technique – this parameter is important for her corporate identity. By the way, Rachel spent her childhood near the sea, which undoubtedly influenced her relationship with the water element. The worse the weather, the better – this is Talibart’s credo: it is during a storm that the ocean manifests itself, shows character.
One of Rachael’s best episodes is Sirens. Here Leviathan, Poseidon, Persephone and other famous characters froze in the form of majestic ramparts. In our conversation, Rachel admitted that Homer is one of her favorite authors. Of course, you will also ask if the photographer knows Aivazovsky, because her works immediately remind us of the style of the marine painter.
“Yes, I am familiar with Aivazovsky’s painting, and I welcome it when my clients study his painting,” says Rachael.
In 2018, Talibart won the Black White Photographer of the Year competition for a wave of waves. Rachael’s handwriting is recognizable because she does not capture what is depicted, she draws images. As a creator, she manages to weave bizarre shapes from ocean matter, which so beckon with their strength. It is Rachel who owns the famous photograph with the “face” of the ocean: in it, the wave breaks against the pier, but we see a mystical face.
We still don’t know if Homer was one person or if the Odyssey was created by several authors. We know just as little about the ocean. However, we can feel him in the photographs of Rachael Talibart – the one who was with him face to face all childhood.