Lisa Saad, the Lance Armstrong of the photography world?

I’m very late to this story but, whilst searching for unauthorised usage of my own photos, I came across this article from last month http://stopstealingphotos.com/lisa-saad-photographer-melbourne-australia/

This article details the fraudulent competition entries of acclaimed photographer Lisa Saad, entries that have won her many awards. She’s now been disqualified and banned. She’s not the first to have cheated in competitions and she won’t be the last, but the extent of Saad’s cheating, coupled with her stature in the photographic community, should lead to improved vetting and due diligence by competition organisers.

In the meantime, many people have been cheated by Saad, and many have put in a lot of hard work to collect evidence and expose her. Some of Saad’s immediate reactions were to issue legal action against such folk, and it is this action that may be a clue to her character. Perhaps she’s the Lance Armstrong of the photographic world? What would really help her cause is to be openly contrite, write letters of genuine apology to all the photographers and students she cheated, and offer monetary recompense. It’s how we deal with adversity that brings out our true nature and, hopefully, offer a window to self-improvement.

Ripples in sand

Sossusvlei in Namibia is graced with some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Amongst the rust-coloured sands, some small shrubs and trees manage to survive. And, of course, there is the eerie Deadvlei littered with the desiccated remains of trees from several hundred years ago. Not quite as old, here are the dried remains of plant material, perhaps from some tall grasses, shrubs or trees that I photographed whilst walking through the sand dunes. The wind had carved out some intricate ripples in the sand, and the light from the sun created interesting shadows and colours. It was a good way to end our final evening in Sossusvlei before heading north.

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse

I had an awesome time in 2006 travelling around in the heat of the Atacama Desert and the coldness of Patagonia. A visit to Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina), and the surrounding areas, brought home the remoteness and harshness of Patagonia. It was in Ushuaia that I became aware of ships heading to the Antarctic, and I’d made a mental note to someday visit the Antarctic. In 2007, I’d made that note a reality by embarking from Ushuaia to the Antarctic across the Drake Passage. But in the meantime, I was discovering delights such as that shown in this photo of Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse in the Beagle Channel near Ushuaia.

Sand dunes and trees

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia were formed around 5 million years ago, and are some of the highest in the world. The rich orange and red colours of these dunes owe much to the iron content of the sand. Here, embedded in the foot of one of these giants, stands a tree next to a fallen comrade. That the tree has grown, survived, and even thrived in such a harsh environment is testament to its hardiness. You need to be tough to survive in these desert conditions. Certainly my camera gear put up a valiant fight against the sand, with tripod legs being particularly susceptible.

Woman’s Bridge in Buenos Aires

It was 2006, and it had been several years since I had last visited Buenos Aires, so it was good to venture out and explore the place. Wandering along the docks of Puerto Madero, and enjoying the music and food of this fascinating district, I spotted a distinctive and elegant structure which I didn’t recognise. On closer inspection, I discovered that it was a rotating pedestrian bridge named El Puente de La Mujer or Woman’s Bridge. Now, I had made the rookie mistake of keeping a polarising filter on my camera lens most of the time which had the effect of creating very dark and uneven skies in a lot of my photos. However, in this close-up of the bridge’s central steel needle, the contrast between dark and light is dramatic to say the least, but which I think works.