Rob Darby : Reflecting the beauty that surrounds us
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by Yvette Depaepe
Rob Darby's body of work is very diversified but absolutely excellent. His photographs always have a strong emotional impact. He takes what nature gives us even and especially when it is not what he hoped for or expected. Rob succeeds to find the magic in the unexpected. He creates lyrically and takes fearlessly risks to push the limits of his ability. Rob also has a humble and charming personality that makes you longing to know him better. I'm really glad to have him as a great Editor in my team.
I truly hope you will enjoy this interview with a talented and sensitive artist.
Can you briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, Rob?
Thus, nature and the outdoors have always held a special appeal to me, and it is my sincere intention for my photography to reflect the reverence I feel toward nature, as well as the beauty that is everywhere around us.
Over the past 5+ years I have gravitated toward more abstract and less literal images after many years photographing the drama of storms over landscapes. It is hard to know what has contributed to this, but as I have expanded my photographic interests the diversity of my work has increased as a result of this additive process.
Some images are marvellous because of their technical perfection, and some images that would otherwise be successful can be handicapped by technical flaws that distract the viewer and reduce the impact of the art. On the other hand, sometimes an image may follow all of the “rules” of photography, be tack sharp and yet the image itself may lack lyricism/feeling and therefore is less interesting.
I think about this a lot when shooting landscapes where the scene has been photographed many times by many people. How do I make an image that is interesting here? That is the challenge. For me, the drama of clouds, storms, or unusual light can take what would be a postcard image and turn it into art. Sometimes it may be a unique point of view or an original processing method that can elevate the ordinary, as well.
Here on 1X.com, I love the architectural work of Hans-Wolfgang Hawercamp, Arnon Orbach, Luc Vangindertael and Inge Schuster; the stylized abstract work of Carmine Chiriacò and Thomas Vanoost; the beautiful and subtle still-life art of Delphine Devos and Lydia Jacobs; the landscapes of Peter Svoboda, Marc Adamus, Juan Pablo de Miguel, Majid Behzad, and Bingo Z, the striking and creative Black and White images of Eddie Verloes and George Digalakis, the stunning macro work of Thierry Dufour, the street photography of Tatsuo Suzuki, as well as the stylistic and brilliant storytelling of gNo and Adrian Donoghue.
There are so many others that I follow and I apologize for being limited by space to include everyone.
The other image that I can’t seem to get enough of is “My Mother, My Best friend” by Zuhair Al Shammaa.
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
“I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned being on this site is to accept rejection and to grow rather than to be discouraged from it.
I am a better photographer because of the quality and diversity of the images of the extremely talented artists who present their work and give us all a glimpse into how they view the world.
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