“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed” – Albert Einstein
Einstein also said – “Look deeper into nature and you will understand everything better”
I think we have reached a point in humanity where we are so disconnected from Nature, that we no longer realise we are actually a part of it, we have this false perception of separation and superiority.
The planet is certainly suffering because of this mentality but I think it also brings suffering upon ourselves.
Landscape photography for me personally, is a re-connection with Mother Nature and perhaps also an attempt to re-connect a wider audience with Mother Nature.
Having struggled with depression for many years, I see landscape photography as playing a role in getting some relief from the darkness and disconnection that comes with it.
When I’m capturing a truly special moment, it’s just me and my camera and Nature putting on a show.. Nothing else exists. That’s the way landscape photography has always been for me, it’s a sense of freedom.
I once read an article from someone describing their depression – “It’s when the colour of the world leaks from your eyes little by little”
I would also add that ‘feeling’ also fades from your world, everything becomes dull & numb.
I think that’s why I am drawn to landscape photography and maybe why I was initially drawn to vibrant and colourful landscapes. Dramatic sunrises and sunsets.
It was these moments that retained some colour in my dulled perception. It’s in photographing an intense lightning storm that I regain some feeling.
It’s a reminder that a world full of colour and feeling and beauty and wonder is all around us if we just take the time to stop and open our eyes and it’s a world we need to look after and cherish.
I am blessed in my quest to capture unique moments in this space-time continuum in which we find ourselves. I am blessed to do what I love and make a living from this pursuit.
Thanks and much gratitude to You.