Why I Photograph Landscapes
Nature has been a friend and inspiration to me all my life, from the time I read Hans Anderson’s fairy tales as a child, to early explorations along the Platte River, to present day hikes through the forests, hillsides and seascapes of Maritime Canada. And the redemptive power of a natural landscape moves through most of the work I make.
Why do I photograph landscapes? Because the process throws me into full receptive mode. When I am relishing a scene, I am completely aware of where I’m standing, what I’m wondering at and nurturing. I'm focusing on light, shadow, texture and composition and trying to imagine all these multiple elements as a cohesive, consistent whole.
But then there are those, "flash of perception moments" when all the elements are aligned in one stark moment.
Like in the light and colour of a perfect sunset . . .
Or the symmetry of a line of trees against the red earth.