Public speaking


I love talking about the people I photograph. I’ve learned so much from them and I want to share it!

I have stories to tell (as well as confidences to keep). Athletes encounter the same health issues as the rest of the population as they age and they tend to be very generous in wanting to share their experiences with a broader public if they think it can be of any help to someone else. I’m often humbled by what they go through and the ways that they deal with illness and injury. They have encouraged me to believe I have a lot to share.

I can entertain your audience by showing them my photographs and telling them about elite older sportsmen and women’s achievements, their life stories and the international events they take part in. On one level, my talks are ‘easy listening’ and ‘easy watching’ as they are so highly illustrated. But I hope and believe that I also do more than entertain. I have a serious underlying message that’s also a good news message: the people I document show us what the human body is capable of as it ages. And it’s a lot more than we might otherwise think!

When I first started doing this work, I thought I’d be photographing older sportsmen and women doing lots of different sports. And to some extent this is true. I’ve covered swimming, hockey, skydiving, football, mountain running, indoor rowing, squash at the elite end of the spectrum, as well as a host of different exercise classes and ‘walking sports’ at the local community level. But I keep coming back to the sport I started with masters track and field athletics. I’ve been photographing national and international athletics events now for 8 years and to some extent I’ve become part of the scenery myself. I know many of the athletes and I’m a familiar face on the circuit. I’ve made friendships amongst the competitors: let’s not forget I’m right there in the middle of the age groups that I photograph. This has been a precious and unexpected development for me and one that I treasure and certainly don’t take lightly. As a photographer, I believe it’s changed the kinds of photos that I can take. There’s a trust between us as I get to know these extraordinary people better, and as I learn about their lives. It’s a two-way process of course; as I say, we’re talking photography but we’re also talking about mutual respect and friendship here.


 
  • “Don't miss it!”

    “Alex is a superb photographer who is passionate about her work. This is an hour that may permanently change your expectations about what it means to grow old.“
    Brian Barry, Resident, Vi at La Jolla Village Retirement Home, California
  • “Interesting and engaging.”

    “Alex Rotas puts her heart into the wonderful pictures that she takes. Our residents were charmed by the stories behind each of her photographs and by the way Alex delivered them.”
    Petra Mueller, Wellness Co-ordinator, Bay Village of Sarasota Retirement Community, Florida
  • “Outstanding and inspirational”

    “Dr. Rotas does an excellent job of blowing up demeaning stereotypes of aging and opening our eyes to other possibilities – even if we can’t all be Masters athletes.”
    Patricia L. Dawson, MD, PhD, FACS, Seattle, Washington
  • "Entertaining, poignant and humbling"

    "Alex Rotas is in my opinion one of those very rare inspirational speaker who keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout her exciting and informative presentations. I have no hesitation in recommending Alex as a Key Note speaker to Rotary or any other organisation."
    Ken Billington MPHF, Past District Governor, District 1070
  • "Entertaining, fluent and passionate speaker"

    Alex gave a brilliant talk, illustrating it with spectacular projected photos of Masters sports participants in action. Our audience expressed themselves both fascinated and inspired by this talented and committed speaker.
    Sue Rippon, Artists’ Organiser, Wedmore Arts Festival
  • "Engaging and thought provoking"

    Alex’s talk was a fantastic finale to our Active Ageing week. Her passion shone through as she cleverly challenged us to rethink ageing by recounting shared events and experiences through her photos whilst also weaving in inspirational take home messages.
    Dr Clare Rhoden, Principal Lecturer, University of Worcester, UK
  • Alex prepared and delivered a fascinating presentation with enormous vitality and enthusiasm, that was well received by an audience nearing 200. In addition to being an engaging speaker, Alex demonstrated her craft as an exceptional photographer with an excellent array of unbelievable photographs mainly of athletes of advancing ages from many nations around the world – all personally known by Alex. Together with an intriguing storyline and impressive illustrations the mix is a truly enjoyable experience.
    Clive Edwards, Rotary District Governor, District 1150


 

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