Sandra Walding



Sandra Walding

Hi Sandra. Thank you so much for all your wonderful submissions to the Artspace Gallery, and for taking the time to talk about you and your work.

‘Reflection’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – What is your background?

A – I have worked in the Building Industry for 35 years with no interest in photography at all.

‘Ripples’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – How did you get into photography?

A – By accident, I had a 25 year award at work and was awarded a gift of
a Nikon D3100 camera. I didn’t understand camera settings and
basically didn’t have a clue.

‘Severn Ham’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – Have you taught yourself, or have you had any formal training?

A – Self taught, but I have been on a few courses to try to improve my
technique. I have learnt from YouTube and fellow Club members
really. I like Gary Gough who does long exposure and this is
something I am starting to try out.

‘Husk and Leaf’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – Where do you live and does living there influence your creative
process or provide inspiration in another way? Are there any other
places that inspire you?

A – I live in Cinderford. Pembrokeshire inspires me. Somehow it seems easier to do on the coast.

‘Sunflowers’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – Do you have a favorite subject and if so, why?

A – Flowers and macro. I love the intricate nature of the flower and
macro suits this really well.

‘Walk in the Woods’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – What kind of gear do you use?

A – Fuji XT20 and XT3, with lenses up to 400mm and as low as a 8mm
wide angle lens which bends buildings really well.

‘Abstract’ by by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – Where do you get your inspiration from?

A – Watching YouTube videos. Also sharing ideas with other members
of my Camera Club. I also belong to Facebook creative macro and
Impressionist groups.

‘Tulips’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – How would you describe your style? How has your style evolved
over ;me, and what has influenced its development?

A – My style is going more towards impressionistic and abstract. I am
getting more interested in sport. As for development it’s reading,
studying and watching what others do, asking questions and always
searching for the perfect image.

‘Abstract Movement’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – What is your creative process?

A – Get an idea and keep trying until you get it right. Sometimes I might
take 50 images just to get one good one. Sometimes you fail completely,  but go back and try again. I import into Lightroom and I also use Nik Colour and Nik Silver Effects. For the weird and wonderful I use Topaz Studio.

‘Poppy and water drops’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – Are there fellow artists who inspire you, who either work with the
same media as you, or in other fields?

A –  I’m just an enthusiastic amateur photographer who likes to have a go at anything.

‘Abstract’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – Is there a photograph you are most proud of? Why?

A – I have an image of fireworks that is almost perfect symmetry. This is very hard to do and it’s also dependent on how the firework acts as well as the wind!

‘Goats Beard with water drops’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)

Q – What are you working on at the moment?

A – Minimalist and very abstract. Trying impressionist and creative macro.

‘Abstract Blue’ by Sandra Walding (Photography)