|Biography from Robin Rile Fine Art:|
|Born in Durban, South Africa and raised on her parents' tall tales of
adventure throughout Africa and the bush, Sharon Raoli has always felt
a connection with animals and a love of nature and simplicity. A
naturalist was born as her family would often holiday at the African
game reserves and Sharon would read everything she could about the
animals and their behavior.|
When she was five years old, her
family moved to Miami, Florida and although she would still visit South
Africa often, her life was soon taken over by her career as a world
ranked long distance swimmer. In college, she felt like a nomad,
constantly traveling to a new city every weekend for swimming
competitions, and it was at this time that Sharon contracted an
insatiable case of wanderlust. Although she would see little other than
the hotel and the pool of the city she was in, she obsessed over National Geographic magazines and the gorgeous images of exotic and far away places and their wildlife.
Her fascination with behavior, specifically the nuances of movement and
expression which convey much more than the obvious, drew Sharon into
the field of psychology. She obtained a Masters from the
University of Miami and currently is in private practice as a
psychotherapist. After completing her education and heavily
influenced by National Geographic, Hemingway, Tom Waits, and Kerouac, Sharon set out to experience the world.
self-taught photographer, Sharon carries her camera everywhere.
Prior to her first SLR, she would take pictures on whatever she could,
including point-and-shoots, camera phones, Polaroid, 35mm film cameras,
and instant cameras. Her motive was to try and capture the things she
saw, the things most people see and sometimes don't see, from different
angles- the way she saw them.
Photography serves as her vehicle
of expressing the world through her eyes. Due to her history as a
wildlife lover, she found her photographs tended to focus mainly on
animals and nature and her background in psychology has added an
element of personification to the animals she photographs. Her style is
very textural, elicits awe and wonder at the beauty that surrounds, and
introduces an intimacy with the animals as old friends. Each of her
photographs has a significant memory as a back-story.
safari trip to Tanzania in 2010, she submitted three of her photographs
to the National Geographic Photo Contest. Two of those photographs, Rude Bull and Baboon Fight were selected to be part of the National Geographic's Photo Contest online gallery. Baboon Fight would go on to be selected by "The Big Picture" (a replacement blog for the now defunct Life magazine), as one of the top 47 photographs of the National Geographic's Photo Contest.
Sharon continues to pursue her passions for photography and travel and
is adventuring to Yellowstone in winter, Iceland, and India in 2011.
She is excited to experience and photograph the wildlife and landscapes
with her unique perspective.
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