Welcome to Hopman Portraits
Photography by Walwyn Hopman ABIPP, ARPS
Much of Walwyn Hopman’s formal work life of more than two and a half decades has been associated with photography and its processes and the two dominant global brands, Fujifilm and Kodak. Unlike many who are attracted to the profession by the allure of being behind the lens, he began his career in the near invisible back office of photography -- the finishing lab -- in the days when Silver Halide negative film and printed photographs were state-of-the-art.
This explains his unrelenting focus, almost an obsession, with the quality of the end product, the lion’s share of credit for which, in those times, went unfairly to the photographer. Clicking purely for pleasure at that stage of his career positioned him on both sides of the process, giving him a unique and complete perspective.
In the later years of the digital mini-lab, he traveled the world on behalf of Fujifilm, the world’s leading manufacturer of these devices, taking digital processing to remote towns in central and eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and earned himself the moniker of ‘Fujifilm missionary’ from close friends and family.
The responsibilities of fatherhood saw him settling down in Vancouver and later in Toronto with Fujifilm Canada, with whom he rose to the position of Vice President before leaving corporate life to pursue, on his own, his lifelong interest in the captured image.
While on this journey Walwyn Hopman acquired Associate level membership of both the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Royal Photographic Society, establishing his credentials and his enduring interest in working behind the lens.
A competent artist and sculptor from childhood whose early work reflected an interest in faces, he has made portraiture his first love in photography, and it was portraiture that gained him his first professional qualification. He particularly enjoys making images of people doing the things they love. An interest in still life led to product photography, and when not shooting people or products he is drawn to landscapes and architecture.
Moving from the big city to his new home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, he has set up his own photography business and now works in the Niagara region but accepts commissions anywhere. Some of his work is available for sale, either in print form or as licensed images.
– Kendall Hopman, Sri Lanka Correspondent for TIME
(1988 – 1997)
CEO, VYA Public Relations – Sri Lanka