I am a photographer based in Bristol, a city which was recently selected as the best place to live in Britain by The Sunday Times.
Photography has taken me around the world and I have met and photographed so many wonderful people. From children in an African displacement camp to a politician at the US Senate, they have all inspired me and welcomed me into their lives....life changing really.
"As I was growing up my grandfather subscribed to only one magazine and each time I went to visit him I would always ask him if the latest copy had arrived. The pictures in that magazine transported me around the world and educated my eyes and mind to the power of photography. The magazine was of course National Geographic and even after reading and looking at the latest copy I continued to revisit the neatly stacked pile of yellow covered back editions. It was years before I actually owned a camera and more years before I became a professional photographer but the seeds that were sown by the worlds best photographers from a very early age took hold.
I am motivated to show the essence of whatever the subject matter and "tell the truth attractively"…be it a building, event, product or person. With many experience of commercial assignments you can trust me with your project. My work is characterised by clarity, attention to detail, careful use of light, intuitive composition and it is on time and on budget.
Richard Pendlebury MBE DL
Chief Executive Emmaus Bristol
“Walter is an excellent photographer. He takes the time to produce a high quality product to a deadline. He is easy to work with and is a consummate professional. I have used him on a number of occasions and can highly recommend him.”
International Consultant, Marketing and Business Development Specialist - with HUHO Consulting, Orckid, BMW
“Having worked with Walter at numerous events, directly and via the leading Golf Agency, NGL, I have no hesitation in recommending him. His calm and professional demeanour, attention to detail and client centric delivery place him in a special category in this highly competitive marketplace. Never standing still, Walter has continued to develop his creative and digital skills, broadened his remit and has built an enviable client base. Highly recommended.”
Illustrator - freelance artist with commercial experience spanning four decades
“Walter is highly professional, highly creative and totally reliable.”
Managing Partner Gregg Latchams LLP Solicitors and Notaries
“We use Walter Dirks for many of our promotional events, he is a classy photographer who gets great shots that are easy to use for marketing follow up.”
BMW Invitational Golf Tournament - BMW (GB) Ltd. Events
Exclusive photographer to the event. Photography of the golf, winners, venues and BMW cars at championship clubs (Wentworth, Turnberry and Royal Birkdale..... +) for marketing material and press.
BMW Events including Country Pursuits, Polo, National Hunt Racing, Track Days and the British Grand Prix were also covered.
One to One Tuition - Photographic Tuition
The Colour of Landscape
The Glass Room Gallery - Colston Hall Bristol
As part of the Bristol Festival of Photography, Walter Dirks and Sheona Beaumont presented photographic work exploring the rich, colourful and diverse landscapes of our planet. Their images range from global habitats to details of flora and fauna, combining awe-inspiring visions of nature-at-large and nature-up-close.
The Colour of Landscape
An exhibition of landscape photographs (including new photographs since the Colston Hall exhibition May 2012) at Harveys Cellars.
Salt of the Earth
A portrait and stories book that involved sticking close to the vision yet overcoming production and publication challenges. The five year project lead to the publication of a coffee table book called Salt of the Earth in 2002. The project involved extensive travel around the world where people were photographed and interviewed on all continents except Antarctica. Ebook @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/salt-of-the-earth/id432845687?mt=11 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Salt-Earth-Different-People-ebook/dp/B004X8E0B0
The Colour of Landscape Revisited
Honours & Awards
Winning Bristol Photographs - 24 Hours in Bristol
Photograph of a little girl playing with her yellow balloon in the Cabot Circus fountain was winner in the 15:00 -16:00 hourly category. Moonrise over the docks was highly commended as runner-up in the 18:00 - 19:00 hourly category and also highly commended as runner-up in the Visit Bristol - Visitor Guide front cover prize.
Fellowship The Royal Photographic Society
Best Commercial Photograph - British Institute of Professional Photography
Best Use of Colour Photograph - British Institute of Professional Photography
Best Illustrative Photograph - Saskatchewan Professional Photographers Association
Additional Honors & Awards
Accredited Professional Photographers of Canada INC
Here are just few commercial clients I have been commissioned by
BMW GB Ltd.
Thomas Vale Construction