One moment, one international award
It was a hot day at Hat Creek Ranch last July when Robson Rogan was visiting.
He was showing family around the heritage site in Cache Creek, his Nikon camera in hand, when he came upon a horse-drawn express, its driver momentarily dozing off in the blistering heat.
Rogan brought his camera up to his eye, focused and got the photo just as the driver woke from his brief shut-eye.
That moment of seeing the story has led to Rogan an agrologist by trade and a photographer by passion, to take top place in a category at the seventh annual Black and White Spider Awards.
The competition is recognized as the leader in honouring black-and-white photography, with 8,223 entries coming from 72 countries this year and judging done by some of the best in the business.
It was the only photo Rogan submitted.
“I thought it was interesting,” he said of the scene he encountered.
“You see the express, which indicates speed and quickness and there was the driver, fast asleep.”
Rogan’s interest in photography was piqued when he was working in Australia, charged with photographing coral reefs off that continent.
That’s when he learned about F-stops and ISOs and light, he said.
“Whenever I’m going along, I always find myself thinking ‘Wow, that would be an excellent shot’ so I always have my camera with me,” he said.
“My goal is to capture the moment, to take photos that tell a story.”
His winning photography, which took top prize in the people category, will be included in an upcoming issue of The Photo Paper Journal of Photography, a publication that comes out six times a year and features some of the best photography in the world.