Scott Sporleder is an American photographer from Laguna Beach, California. He sums up his philosophy on photography like this: "If I can get a person to daydream, zone out or relax for just 5 seconds everytime they view one of my images, than I've accomplished my goal." We recently caught up with him and learnt how he managed to capture some amazing images while adventuring through Namibia.
Tell us about your most unforgettable moment while shooting in Namibia.
It's hard to narrow down to just one unforgettable moment that I had during my time in Namibia, but I would say that a memory that I keep coming back to was spending a day in a Himba village.
We met a woman in Opuwo who offered to take us on a small tour through her village on the outskirts of town, which we gladly took her up on. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but when we arrived at the village it was extremely laid back and we spent the better half the day simply hanging out with the women and children of the village and talking about everyday life. It's the smell of ochre that was being applied to my arm that keeps filling my mind when I think about that wonderful day.
Every destination has its challenges and rewards; how does Namibia compare to other places you’ve photographed?
What I found difficult about shooting in Namibia was the endless amounts of opportunities and trying to do too much. It's such vast country and every corner that we traveled too still felt untouched, so I was constantly wanting to head down another random road just to see what was over that next bend.
I could have spent months driving and shooting through the remote areas and still have felt like I didn't have enough time in Namibia.
Which 3 photos shot in Namibia are you most proud of and why?
That's impossible, for me there are special attributes about all of the photos. I find something unique about the wildlife, about the nature, about the cultures… There is no way that I could narrow it down to only three images. I had a difficult enough time selecting the nine images that I did!
When going on a Namibian photographic expedition, what is your equipment of choice? And what do you never leave home without?
It can definitely get dusty out there, that is for sure. So you will need something, whether it's a cloth or small hand pump, to constantly knock the dust away from your lens. Also, I would not forget to bring a polarizer, the huge blue sky is so vivid that you want to make sure that you are pulling out as much of that colour as you can.
A photographer friend is desperate to capture the best of Namibia. What top 3 tips would you give them?
#1 Visit Sossusvlei. Without a doubt, that's number one, such a magical place.
#2 Spend some time in Etosha. You can't beat it for the wildlife.
#3 Experience Damaraland. It is just a bizarre setting. A place that really feels like you are on another planet.
About Scott Sporleder
Scott Sporleder is a photographer and filmmaker & Creative Director at Matador Network.
Since graduating from San Diego State University, Scott has dedicated 3 months a year to travel and photographing the world's unique cultures. While not on the road, you can visit Scott every summer at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. You can also view his travel photography at ScottSporleder.com or Sporlederart.com.
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