Smrrk Photography- Sharon Raoli
(American, b. 1978)

Born in Durban, South Africa and raised on her parents' tall tales of adventure throughout Africa and the bush, Sharon Raoli has always felt a connection with animals and a love of nature and simplicity. A naturalist was born as her family would often holiday at the African game reserves and Sharon would read every thing she could about the animals and their behavior.

When she was five years old, her family moved to Miami, Florida and although she would still visit South Africa often, her life was soon taken over by her career as a world ranked long distance swimmer. In college, she felt like a nomad, constantly traveling to a new city every weekend for swimming competitions and it was at this time that Sharon contracted an insatiable case of wanderlust. Although she would see little other than the hotel and the pool of the city she was in, she obsessed over National Geographic magazines and the gorgeous images of exotic and far away places and their wildlife.

Her fascination with behavior, specifically the nuances of movement and expression which convey much more than the obvious, drew Sharon into the field of psychology. She obtained a Masters from the University of Miami and currently is in private practice as a psychotherapist. After completing her education and heavily influenced by National Geographic, Hemingway, Tom Waits, and Kerouac, Sharon set out to experience the world.

A self-taught photographer, Sharon carries her camera everywhere. Prior to her first SLR, she would take pictures on whatever she could, including point-and-shoots, camera phones, Polaroid, 35mm film cameras, and instant cameras. Her motive was to try and capture the things she saw, the things most people see and sometimes don't see, from different angles- the way she saw them.

Photography serves as her vehicle of expressing the world through her

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“Tarangire National Park: Mom’s Eye”

Sharon Raoli

Bronze
4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Empathy”

Sharon Raoli

3364 x 2929 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Rude Bull”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Elephant Scratching”

Sharon Raoli

4264 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Elephant Mom with Baby”

Sharon Raoli

3918 x 2934 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Unimpressed”

Sharon Raoli

4254 x 2968 dimension”

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“Tarangire National Park: Bird”

Sharon Raoli

4015 x 3034 dimension”

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“Tarangire National Park: Chess”

Sharon Raoli

4197 x 3034 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Baboon Fight”

Sharon Raoli

3852 x 2756 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Lion Sleeping”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Greet”

Sharon Raoli

2972 x 2029 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Stalk”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Leopard in Grass”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Poses”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“I”

Sharon Raoli

5184 x 3456 dimension

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“Iguana Face”

Sharon Raoli

5184 x 3456 dimension

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“Armor”

Sharon Raoli

5184 x 3456 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Zebra”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Attack”

Sharon Raoli

4245 x 2833 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Hippo in Water”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 2691 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: The Landscape and Rain in the Distance”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: On the Road”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Spare Parts”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Move”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Disappointed”

Sharon Raoli

4599 x 3105 dimension

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“Tarangire National Park: Accusation”

Sharon Raoli

4752 x 3168 dimension

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“Crooked”

Sharon Raoli

5184 x 3456 dimension

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“Purple Flower”

Sharon Raoli

3168 x 4752 dimension

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“Wild Grass White”

Sharon Raoli

5184 x 3456 dimension

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“Wild Grass White with Red”

Sharon Raoli

5184 x 3456 dimension

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