Photographer of the Year 2018 awarded to Rachel Talibart for her photograph titled Nyx (Nyx, aka Nyukta, Ancient Goddess of the Night). The monochrome image strikes with a combination of detailed, crisp waves and a blurry veil of spray, from which an otherworldly creature could really be born. The photograph belongs to the last and most famous series of works by Talibart called Sirens.
As a professional photographer, Rachel Talibart took a long time to come. In 2000, she quit her boring job as a lawyer to pursue photography, and by 2008 she completely switched to digital photography. Work on the Sirens series began in 2016, in Newhaven Beach, East Sussex. Talibart literally hunts for storms - the usual bad weather does not allow the elements to clear up enough to give rise to a masterpiece.
It's all about the speed, wind and waves, as well as the capabilities of the photographer's equipment. Talibart uses telescopic lenses and an ultra-fast shutter, with an actuation speed of 1 / 1000th of a second. If the weather favors, she manages to catch the moment when the wind disperses the water and spray to a level of movement that is elusive to the ordinary eye. And at this moment a unique photo is created, which has a chance to be included in the Sony World Photography Awards list.
“Sometimes the sea waves are more beautiful than scary, but more often the opposite is true, ” says the photographer. She does not control the process, she always feels herself an insignificant witness of a great movement and a demonstration of the power of a wild, unbridled sea. And the love for mythology and ancient cultures helps to give the photographs of this process meaning and give them personal features.