Ice figures

PhotographerThibault Roland
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Abstracts of delicate ice structures that formed at the surface of waterfalls and rivers.

About Photographer

Born in Nancy (France) in 1981, he studied physics in Grenoble and spend some time in the Netherlands before completing a Ph.D. in Lyon. He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and now works at Harvard in biophysics where he uses light as a tool to manipulate and elucidate the fundamental aspects of life. His passion for photography started very early in his life, nearly 15 years ago, when he traveled to Egypt. Since then, he has traveled to many other countries (including North Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Europe), and his love for photography has deepened and grown into a fascination for light. Self taught, he has studied many aspects of photography, including close-ups, landscapes and portraits. He explains his passion: “Photography is always there in my mind. I am always looking at the artistic potential of every situation. Good cameras alone are not enough to make a good photographer. It also requires a good sense of observation and composition. This is something you gain with experience, but most of the time you also need to anticipate an interesting scene.” Recently, he has developed a deep interest in fine art photography, especially black and white long exposure techniques. “I enjoy many aspects of this technique. I appreciate the ability to stretch time and turn a somewhat common or even uninteresting scene into a pure abstract or mysterious image. I look for small details, often unseen by most people, and make it the focus of the photograph. I also find light fascinating, and being able to capture and manipulate it to form an image never ceases to amaze me. When I use time to blur an image, abstraction and mystery kick in, and often the audience wonders what the subject is, or if they are looking at a photograph, a sketch, or a painting.”