Hallmark Institute of Photography is proud to welcome back award-winning nautical, sailing and yacht photographer Onne van der Wal, a Canon Explorer of Light, to speak to the current class of photography students. Onne has been a regular speaker at Hallmark for the past several years. He will appear in Hallmark's main auditorium on Thursday, January 14, at 1 p.m.
Born in Holland and raised on the water in South Africa, van der Wal has made a living shooting his passion of boats and the sea since 1987. He began his career as a professional yacht photographer while sailing with the 1981-82 Dutch Whitbread Around the World Race Team on their winning boat, FLYER. Since then, his photography assignments have taken him around the world, from the Norwegian Arctic to the Caribbean to Antarctica. In 2003 he photographed an expedition to retract the steps of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in the Falkland Islands.
Today, he has an office and gallery in Newport, Rhode Island, and he spends summers photographing the world-class yachting scene there. The rest of the year, he travels the world to capture images for private yacht photography and commercial clients. He also does extensive video work - another reason for his lecture to Hallmark's students.
The members of Canon Explorers of Light include dozens of the world’s most influential photographers and cinematographers, each a master of their creative specialty. They use Canon EOS photographic equipment, and they share their photographic passions and technical expertise through personal appearances, seminars and gallery showings.
To read more about Onne van der Wal and see more of his work, visit his website at www.vanderwal.com.