Susan Onysko is a travel photographer who has devoted the last decade to the art of capturing evocative stories from some of the most remote and extreme locations of our world — from Bhutan to Death Valley to Romania to Vietnam. Because Susan has an eye for both the unexpected images that evoke a locale’s purest essence and the relatable moments that unite us in our similarities, her well-rounded, professional work has garnered numerous international awards and exhibits.
To Susan, people are the best representatives of a location; and their exotic, rugged, or smiling faces are the first to flash through the memories of her trips. Catching people in unguarded, genuine states requires patience, something of which she has an abundance as a mother of four. In locales with few people, she has reflected seemingly human emotions in wildlife. With the luck of being unaffected by jet lag, flexibility in toting family along for adventures, detailed use of digital editing tools to convey intended mood, and freedom from technical “rules,” Susan has proven she’s always ready for opportunities to create something not seen before.
It was a great pleasure to discuss some of Susan’s most beautiful photographs with her, to understand the thought processes that led her to capture that specific scene, the conditions in which they were taken and the equipment she used. If you want to know what makes a great travel photograph, as opposed to a vacation snapshot, you should definitely listen to this interview.
Duration 46m 57s.
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Our guest for next week will be Kate Siobhan Mulligan.
Music for this episode: “Zanzibar” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Photos by Susan
Click on each image to go to the original page on Susan’s website.