Uri Golman & Helle Olsen

Uri Golman & Helle Olsen

Canon Ambassadors, Denmark

Could you please share a bit about your background as a photographer?

We started out in photography in two very different ways. Helle was an archeologist and wildlife ranger that wanted to document the wildlife she saw along the way and Uri was inspired by early natural history filmmakers and knew he wanted to become a photographer since the age of 6.

What type of photographer are you?

Our life has been inspired by nature since we were both children and the simple answer is that nature is still the best drive for our creative ideas. We are both conservation and wildlife photographers and are both working with a style we call "Voyeurism". We really enjoy to use long shutterspeeds and to use very blurry foreground to create a mystic atmosphere like we are just guests looking secretly into the realm of the wildlife we meet.

Where do you like to take pictures?

"We have a project we call WILD. In this project we are documeting the last wild places on all of the seven continents to create positive stories that will hopefully inspire conservation. We are equally in love with polar regions, the rainforest and the Savannah. All these different landscapes have very different light and are very different emotionally to work with. To be so fortunate to be able to shift between them and to work everywhere is a dream come true."

Which products do you use daily?

When we are on expedition which is about 6 months every year we generally use all the equipment we have. We both use only the 1Dx MkII camera bodies. They are super fast, make beautiful files and work under any condition. We have worked with them from -40 degrees C and up to plus 48 degrees C and theay have never stopped. Helle uses the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4 ext and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Uri works more with the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM.

Could you tell us about a photo moment that you will never forget?

In 2016 we worked on a National Geographic grant program to document the life of wild mandrills in the rainforest of Gabon. They are extremely elusive and their behaviour had never really been documented before. We spent two months in the jungle trying to get close enough to get good images. We built hides, trekked trough the jungle i ghillie sniper suits, were stung by thousands of fire ants and covered by ticks while sweat bees tried to make a home out of our ears. But after 6 weeks we still did not have a single shot. In the end we finally worked it out and succeeded. For three days we photographed to our hearts content and got some good shots together of these amazing creatures.

Could you give any advice to someone who wants to develop their skills in photography?

Our best tip to any young photographer would be to follow your heart and keep on working hard. Success does not come easy, but if your ideas are good and your images match you will get through in the end. Find your own stories and pursue them with tenacity. Don't be afraid to find your own way and be prepared to live on a dime, maybe for the rest of your life, but at least you will have fun and life will be an adventure.