Alison Wright

Alison Wright

On Photography

What turns you on creatively?
Bringing visibility to the plight of “at-risk” women and children around the world.

What turns you off creatively?
Head worms, dysentery, malaria, lost luggage, not necessarily in that order.

What’s your dream photo assignment?
To go back in time and accompany Alexandra David-Néel on her meanderings, photographing ancient Tibet and Asia.

If you could have dinner with an artist from any era, who would it be?
Johannes Vermeer. How does he create such delicious light?

What’s your favorite photograph not taken by you?
Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother,” taken during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s.

What profession other than photographer would you like to attempt?
Writer. Sometimes you need words to paint a picture.

What’s your favorite camera feature?
I was a reluctant digital convert, and now I love the immediacy of my Nikon D2XS and being able to review my work every night while in some far-flung location of the world. For me, its durability is remarkable, even when facing extreme elements from Antarctica to Everest Base Camp to the Amazon. While photographing the Eagle Festival in a remote area of Mongolia, I was pummeled by a runaway horse. The three Nikons I had slung over my shoulder flew up in my face. Unfortunately, I needed a few stitches, but the cameras held up incredibly well. If you look closely, you can still see the word Nikon etched into my cheekbone.

What’s your favorite Nikon product, and how does it help you create better pictures or help you compete as a professional photographer?
I love working with natural light. The Nikon D2XS digital camera and fast Nikkor ƒ/1.4 lenses allow me to work in low light and create pictures that I’d never have been able to make before. And when there’s not enough luminosity, the SB-800 Speedlight is my preferred tool for creating a natural-looking image.

Nikon D2XS
  • Ultra-high-resolution 12.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • Magnesium-alloy construction to withstand the rigors of professional use
  • 5 fps shooting speed at full resolution
  • 8 fps in high-speed crop function with new automatic mask feature

Nikkor 85mm ƒ/1.4D and 50mm ƒ/1.4D AF Lenses
  • Ultra-fast ƒ/1.4 maximum aperture
  • Ideal for maintaining shutter speed in low-light situations
  • 85mm lens has a rounded diaphragm; out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • 50mm lens produces distortion-free images with brilliant resolution and color rendition

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