BORN TO SHOOT THE WORLD AROUND ME
Robertson Bales was raised on a dairy farm in Southern Ontario. Farm life proved to be a vast landscape for a young imagination, uncluttered by the excess and frivolities of the city. Following his education in photography, Rob got side tracked and worked many years in the mining industry in Canada’s north, with a brief interlude in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These vastly different experiences led to an epiphany and change in careers in his late 30’s, back to his first love of photography and curiosity of other global cultures. The highlight so far has been a five year stint working for various NGO’s in South East Asia and South America. This amazing experience has forever changed the way Rob views the world, the people that inhabit it, and the way he sees it through the lens of his camera. “I feel very fortunate to have been accepted into so many communities, not as a stranger but as part of a family. I draw my inspiration from the people I had the opportunity to work and live with. Their enthusiasm to share their lives and diverse cultures have stimulated me both spiritually and artistically. The one thing I’d like people to take away from my photography is the human connection between us all. No matter where we live, what language we speak, our religious beliefs or our ethnic background, we all have a common bond; we are all human.” Rob’s photography is not only to document our society but to utilize the power of documentary photography to advocate change.