Oliver Klink

Oliver Klink studies in physics and photography were the catalyst for his love of light and the complexity or our existence. Today, as a professional photographer, he travels the world to capture the intricacy and interconnectedness of our ecosystems. The subjects range from fine art wildlife to vanishing traditions. The link between his various body of works, is the increasingly complex modern world constantly unfolding in new and unexpected ways. He captures our cultural changes, the environments we inhabit, and the insights into our world and ourselves. His artistic goal is telling stories with his images and making the viewers dream.

Oliver’s work has received many awards, been exhibited in galleries and museum, and published with National Geographic, Days of Japan, Black &White magazine, Popular Photography magazine, among others. In 2014, “Herding Instinct” won first price at the Rayko Center International Photo Contest, in 2013, his image “The Great Migration” was selected as the Grand Prize winner at the 30th anniversary SpringShow Exhibit at the PhotoCentral Gallery in Hayward, CA. Other awards have included the Mike Ivanitsky award (2009) for photographic excellence, nomination at the prestigious Color Spider Award (2011, 2012, 2013), PX3 contest in Paris (2012) and the North America Nature Photographer Association top 100 wildlife images (2008, 2009).

Oliver leads workshops in the Bay Area and around the world to inspire participants to develop a personal vision with their photography. Since 2005, his help and expertise have served many students to take photographs that are more than just mere images, but rather photographs that haunt people and tell stories. Oliver’s teaching style is about building confidence to launch creativity.

Artist’s Statement

Portrait of Elephants

Imagine being there, in that moment, with that particular creature and the landscape merging into one exquisite whole. The animals are the subject, their natural world the frame.

I approach my subject as a painter with a camera instead of a brush; as a writer, to describe an unspoken feeling; as an artist to create a “dream scene” with poetry and beauty.

Portraits of Elephants is about capturing their soul, revealing their personality. The images are showing the animals in a state of Being. They are looking out at the world, perhaps scouting for predators, perhaps enjoying the view. They are conscious beings, capable of suffering or enjoying their lives in a fragile ecosystem.

When I am in a wilderness area, and especially if I am by myself, I so often experience a sense of awe at the beauty of creation, the sacredness of life. There is a division between myself and the subject, and yet I wish deeply that somehow there wouldn’t be. But I know, as we all must, that it is this division that has wreaked so much terror in the world of wildlife and the elephants.

Their world is vanishing. How tragic would it be if future generations gazed at these majestic portraits knowing that they would never see the animals in the wild.

“I have great respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are only a part. When I look through the lens, I wait for the moment that the subject shows the connection to all existence. This isn’t a picture of an elephant, it’s a portrait of an elephant” says Oliver Klink.

You are about to enter a world of the imagination, where all the animals are real, fragile, and full of grace.