Gigi Williams BAppSci ASIS FRPS FAIMBI FBCA and
Dr Robin Williams BSc MPhil PhD DGPh FBIPP FIMI FBCA ASIS FRPS
in conversation with Rajen Nandwana
Husband and Wife photographers Gigi and Robin Williams have both won many awards for their landscape and nature images, but both had very significant careers in scientific photography. In this presentation, they will use many examples of their work to illustrate how having training in scientific photography has both enabled and hindered their current artistic endeavours. As Robin says: “the artist and the scientist in me are always in restless juxtaposition– it is my Ying and Yang – photography is a remarkable blend of art and science and in photography, I found my natural habitat. As medical photographers, we were required to be objective and to make not just faithful reproductions, but ones which were consistent and accurate to the extent that measurements could be taken from them; and yet amidst this pure science there was a beauty – images that were both tools of investigation and also an expression of pure natural beauty. “Gigi says she cannot imagine a world without photography – capturing a unique moment in time that will never be repeated.” Their photographs are the result of meticulous planning and involve technical mastery of both capture and post-capture processes, but there is also an element of magic required when as Gigi says, “Heaven and Earth, the moon and the stars, all align and we are able to capture that unique moment that engages the viewer in the sheer beauty of the natural world.” Gigi and Robin will share their journey, their places and unique moments as a celebration of Nature’s Beauty.
Gigi Williams ASIS FRPS
Gigi has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. A graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, the BioCommunications Association (BCA) in the USA, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration. She has been the recipient of many awards for her photography in Australia, the UK and the United States. In 2006 she was awarded the top honour of the BCA, the Louis Schmidt Award. She has had many years of experience as a practitioner and manager, most recently as the Director of a large creative department at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne providing photography, graphic design, video and web design to the Hospital and the wider community. In 2016, she left her busy job to concentrate on her personal work and combine her scientific background with her interest in art. Since then she has been privileged to travel extensively and has been recognised with 64 international awards for her landscape and nature photography.
Dr Robin Williams ASIS FRPS
Dr Robin has had a distinguished photographic career that spans four decades on three continents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, the British Institute of Professional Photography, the Biological Photographic Association of America, and the Institute of Medical Illustrators. He holds undergraduate qualifications in both scientific and medical photography and Masters and PhD degrees in Medicine. He is an accredited Senior Imaging Scientist and was a Professor of Photography for over 20 years. He has run workshops all over the world and taught and supervised hundreds of photography students at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the UK, the USA, and Australia. He has published over 70 scientific papers and books and delivered over 400 presentations. His work has been widely exhibited, is in many public and private collections, and has been published in for example, Time Life, National Geographic, The Observer and New Scientist. His contributions to medical imaging have been recognised by: The Williamson Research Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, The Lancet Award, The BMJ Award, the Presidential Award of the British Institute of Professional Photography, the Norman Harrison Medal of the Institute of Medical Illustration, the Louis Schmidt Medal of the BioCommunications Association and the Combined Royal Colleges Medal (given by all the Royal Medical Colleges for an outstanding contribution of imaging in the service of medicine). In recent years Robin has concentrated on his personal work and has quickly established himself as a recognised landscape and nature photographer. He has already won many international awards for his work in this genre; including most recently International Garden Photographer of the Year.
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