Earlier this month I was contacted by my friends at SanDisk. They were working on developing ‘Behind The Lens’, a global social media campaign featuring some of their SanDisk Extreme Team Members, and were seeking my participation. The concept was simple: to feature a handful of SanDisk photographers by creating a series a posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (below) that include a profile photograph, brief biography and five signature photographs, along with some background information about the equipment used and where and how each image was made. I was the first Extreme Team Member to be profiled as the campaign started rolling out across SanDisk’s international social media platforms last week.
We’re excited to announce #BehindTheLens! Each month we will meet one photographer from the #sandiskextremeteam, and get a behind-the-scenes look into some of their favourite images from their portfolio. This month we spoke to @scottawoodward. And we’ll be sharing a new image from Scott each day this week so make sure you check back each day for more. Name: Scott A. Woodward Genre/Specialism: Photojournalism & Travel Where do you call home?: Singapore How would you describe your style?: I call my photography style “Choose Your Own Adventure Photography”, after the books I used to read as a young boy. Literally and creatively, I can go one direction and discover a remarkable photographic opportunity; or I can go another direction and find something entirely different. It is this serendipity that is the beauty of photography for me. Did you study photography professionally?: No, it was my father who taught me about photography when I was a young boy: how to operate a manual camera, skilfully interpret light and imaginatively compose an image. But more importantly, my dad instilled in me a sense of curiosity and adventure. It is these traits that truly make me a photographer. What is your go-to camera?: Nikon D810 How long have you been a photographer?: Professionally, 11 years. Favourite photographer: There’s so many… I greatly admire James Nachtwey, Lynsey Addario, David Guttenfelder and Brent Stirton who photograph stunning reportage. I adore Steven Meisel, Eugenio Recuenco and Peter Lindbergh’s beautiful cinematic fashion work. I always enjoy seeing portraiture by Patrick Demarchelier, and Martin Schoeller’s portraiture has such a clear and identifiable signature. And I often return to gaze at Phil Toledano’s achingly beautiful “Days With My Father” series.
Image by #sandiskextremeteam photographer @scottawoodward. Captured in Bagan, Myanmar (2013) using a Nikon D810 with 24-70mm f/2.8. “Floating in a hot air balloon at sunrise above the ancient city of Bagan was a dream come true for me. I’ll never forget the sensation of gliding silently over the thousands of Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries below.” This image was shared as part of #BehindTheLens series. Each month we focus on the work of one photographer from the #sandiskextremeteam.
Image by #sandiskextremeteam photographer @scottawoodward. Captured in Thimphu, Bhutan (2013) using a Nikon D4 with 24-70mm f/2.8. "There is no other place on earth quite like enigmatic Bhutan. Cradled deep in the creases of the soaring Himalayas, the country is a spectacular mixture of stunning, rugged countryside, centuries-old architecture, vibrant and colourful culture, and friendly, welcoming people. Looking at this photograph, made in the tiny candle house next to the Memorial Stupa in Thimphu, makes me long to return the Land of the Thunder Dragon." This image was shared as part of #BehindTheLens series. Each month we focus on the work of one photographer from the #sandiskextremeteam.
Image by #sandiskextremeteam photographer @scottawoodward. Captured in Simitai, China (2009) using a Nikon D3X with 24-70mm f/2.8. “The Great Wall of China between Jinshanling and Simatai (approximately 120 km northeast of Beijing) offers the adventurous traveller the tantalizing experience of traversing this ancient rippling passage as it slowly winds up the mountains to one of the Wall's highest points. The countryside is rolling and the views are spectacular – it is considered among the most beautiful stretches in the country. Hiking along this stretch of the Great Wall has been among the highlights of my travels in Asia.” This image was shared as part of #BehindTheLens series. Each month we focus on the work of one photographer from the #sandiskextremeteam.
Image by #sandiskextremeteam photographer @scottawoodward. Captured in Lijiang, China (2006) with a Nikon D200 with 24-70mm f/2.8 "A number of years ago, while photographing a landscape scene outside Lijiang in China's Yunnan province, I glanced up to see an old woman watching me from the doorway of a nearby home. I wandered towards her, and she motioned me inside, where I discovered a gathering of elderly NaXi women intently playing a game of cards. The women were totally immersed in their game, so much that not a single lady raised her eyes from her cards as I wandered around the room photographing them. Interestingly, when I stood to leave, the lady who invited me in was nowhere to be found. Not a word was spoken by anyone, and this image is a wonderful memory of this peculiar, silent encounter." This image was shared as part of #BehindTheLensseries. Each month we focus on the work of one photographer from the #sandiskextremeteam
Image by #sandiskextremeteam photographer @scottawoodward. Captured in Prek Kruk, Cambodia (2012) using a NikonD3X with 70-200mm f/2.8. "I made this image while shooting a documentary across rural Cambodia with my creative partner Mike Rogers. We came upon a muddy river, and in the shallow water were dozens of women jostling and scrambling downstream with nets and baskets trying to catch tiny fish. It was a frenzied scene filled with crashing bodies and splashing water, and in the middle of it all this young woman stopped and — for a split second — stared right into my lens, before turning and darting away." This image was shared as part of #BehindTheLens series. Each month we focus on the work of one photographer from the #sandiskextremeteam.