Who is Paul Zizka?
I am a professional mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta. Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, I have a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.
Can you tell us more about your Antarctica trip?
I was invited to travel with One Ocean Expeditions throughout January as their resident photographer. It’s a place I’d always dreamed of traveling to and exploring more so when the opportunity arose I was very excited and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I spent six weeks exploring the south visiting areas such as South Georgia and witnessing pristine wilderness and an abundance of wildlife.
What was THE most amazing moment?
I experienced many incredible wildlife moments, traveled through the narrow passages of towering ice whilst dodging icebergs floating by the ship and was left speechless by colossal glaciers. The most memorable experience, however may have been the peaceful night I spent camping alone at Leith Cove. A rather sleepless, but exhilarating night spent exploring and photographing before returning to the ship the following morning.
Who are your biggest examples in your line of work?
I find the dedication of pioneers Frank Hurley and Vittorio Sella to be admirable, and their work, utterly fascinating. Here in the Rockies, the images of Byron Harmon and Bruno Engler keep me observing and exploring. The black and white work of Craig Richards reminds me to pay attention. Finally, the work of Glen Boles epitomizes not only what life in the mountains means to me, but has also inspired my personal approach to photography.
Any good advice of special trips like the one you did to Antarctica?
Traveling to remote parts of the world is what inspires me. There are so many places that have to be experienced for yourself, like Antarctica, while they are still here. I offer photography workshops to some of these more remote places to show people the beauty that’s waiting to be discovered. You can find information at www.offbeatphoto.ca/workshops
Photography © Paul Zizka