“The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.“ ~ George Sand
Robin Olive Reich is a Whidbey Island based photographer who can often be found wandering the island with a camera and her two rescued greyhounds. Her passion is capturing the animated essence, the heartfelt soul of her subject. It is her deep love for greyhounds and her devotion to their protection, that led her to pick up a camera in the first place. She couldn’t help but want to record their soulful beauty while volunteering weekly at a local greyhound rescue group, and began sharing visual and written stories in order to bring awareness to their plight, and to help them find forever homes. Robin was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with lots of stray dogs, an artist mother, an entrepreneur father and two brothers. She majored in Studio Art at Smith College and her fascination with languages and other cultures led her to spend immersive time sculpting in France, studying Greek cuisine in Greece and yoga in India. Most recently she spent time in Macau, an SAR of China, walking, character assessing and photographing the 532 greyhounds that were abandoned at the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest greyhound racetrack, now finally closed due to those who endlessly fought for their lives. Robin is also a Reiki Master and certified Yoga teacher. She lives with her greyhounds, cats, and artist/designer/poet husband in Langley.
"Photography for me is a way of being completely present with the subject and its heartfelt essence. It is also a powerful way of telling stories that give voice to the voiceless, and bring light and beauty to dark places. I don’t look for the photograph....the subject and the right moment always seem to find me."