Kurt Arrigo

I was sitting on the leeward side of a small racing boat, sea spray engulfing me, trying desperately to keep my camera dry. I was xx-years old. Absorbed by nature and the challenge of taking a steady picture, I realised in that moment what I wanted to do with my life.

PICTURE OF THE YOUNG ARRIGO
Inspired to carry on Pursuing this new passion with vigour, I received a lot of positive comments from friends and family but it was only when I showed some of my onboard sailing pictures to the curator of a fine arts museum in Malta that I was encouraged to pursue things with greater conviction.

AN EARLY PICTURE, OR EVEN SOME OF THESE PICTURES
Striving to improve A natural eye and a hunger to improve is more important than technical prowess. We need to embrace technology and its evolution. Use it as a tool. But ultimately nothing can replace the innate skills of the artist within.

Adapt to the situation The challenges are really when things don’t quite go to plan. But after years out in the field one learns to control the emotions. I thrive when the elements are challenging, whether it is a racing yacht or a 40-tonne humpback whale driving towards me.

ARRIGO IN ACTION
You know when a picture is great It is an immediate feeling. From the moment it is captured, it’s an instinct.

ARRIGO SIGNATURE PHOTO
Old school editing I do minimal treatment on my pictures, just basic enhancements to composition, light and exposure.

CONSIDER FILMING A TYPICAL EDIT. 30 SECONDS? JUST REVEALING MAIN THINGS YOU DO
Healthy mind, better pictures Personally I feel the holistic approach being physically active and mentally sharp and balanced helps and prepares me for my profession. I try and do sport most days whether running, swimming, diving or mountain biking.

ARRIGO DOING SPORT
Respecting the environment Almost all of my work is outdoors, and almost always out on the water. I have a special connection with the marine world and am proud that my photos have helped promote the beauty of some of the most threatened parts of the world and highlighted the plight of extinct species. I am devoting more and more time to conservation projects.

PHOTO OF SEALIFE
The picture I am proudest of? The one I haven’t yet taken. I am my own hardest critic.

Take a chance I was one of the first sailing photographers to embrace underwater housing and to use this as an approach to explore different angles and perspectives. Every photographer needs to experiment and also have their own unique skills.

UNDERWATER PHOTO
Mutual respect I work with a number of clients and am fortunate to have built some truly special long-term relationships, born of shared values and a mutual work ethic. Having this in common helps you go the extra yard.

Trust in your colleagues is key There are a number of great professionals who support me from pilots, drivers, photo assistants, media teams. The key to successful teamwork is communication and where possible friendship. There are people who help position me where I need to be, others who help distribute my photos internationally and in high-end titles.

KURT AND A COLLEAGUE/TEAM
SHOW SOME MEDIA CLIPPINGS WITH YOUR IMAGES

Preparation is everything Being in a position to take the photo you want requires a multitude of factors to fall into place. You need to be prepared. Once on location it’s too late. Have your gear serviced, checked, prepared. Ensure you have spares. Research your location. Be on time. Check the weather weeks and days in advance. Get your timing right. Once on the shoot you can then focus on the job at hand. And when you get a chance to take a photo, go for it. Sometimes the most wonderful photos are conceived from unexpected opportunities.



ADD THE ROLEX FEATURE ON YOU HERE. IT CREATES A NICE LINK TO THE BRAND AND SHOWS HOW YOU PREPARE. EMBED THE VIDEO FROM THE START OF YOUR FEATURE
If you love it, do it That’s my mantra to the young photographers who work with me. Everything else follows. If you love doing it, pursue it. If you don’t, find something else.

The Decisive Moment Henri Cartier-Bresson of all the famous photographers is the one I draw most inspiration from.

Antarctica If I had to choose a destination to visit where I haven’t been, it would have to be there. Maybe one day.




Kurt Arrigo Photography
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