Australian for Life – Interview with Nikon Ambassador David Oliver

This summer Nikon and Surf Life Saving Australia have invited everyone with a camera to get out and capture the essence of ‘Australian for Life’. There are no limitations to the assignment – you just need to be creative and capture your own definition of what ‘Australian for Life’ means to you.

My Nikon Life had the chance to sit down with Nikon Ambassador David Oliver who shared his thoughts on being ‘Australian for Life’. David has been awarded a Grand Master of Photography in 2007 and the AIPP has recognised him as an AIPP Fellow.

Photo by David Oliver

Did you spend much time on the beach growing up? If yes, what do Surf Life Savers mean to you?
No, I didn’t spend much time at the beach because the nearest beach was 60 miles away! I lived in London, UK.

Photo by David Oliver

What would your favourite beach be in Australia?
My favourite beach is Whitehaven beach. It is in the Whitsunday Islands and I believe it’s the best beach in the world.

Photo by David Oliver

If you had to select one of your photos that would best define your ‘Australian for Life Moment’ what would it be and why?
If I had to select one, it would be one of my outback pictures of young aboriginal children playing with my children. It was a very moving experience.

What has been one of the most challenging photography jobs that you have ever undertaken?
One of the toughest was spending 3 weeks in Rwanda. It was for a charity project, with unbelievable highs and lows.

Photo by David Oliver

Is there a photographer who you most admire or who inspires you?
There has been hundreds of photographers that have inspired me over the length of my career. One that stands out is Elliott Erwitt, who I was lucky enough to meet a few years back. He invited me to see his studio in New York, which I will not forget – it was very inspirational.

Who are some of the subjects or scenes that have you most enjoyed photographing over the years?
I would have to say all of my clients – its a great privilege to be commissioned to take someone’s portrait. As for landscapes, I have many favorites, but would have to put the Kimberly at the top of the list, it is so remote and has such diversity.

Enter: Australian for Life