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Sitting at home and looking out of the window wishing you were out taking photographs has to be one of the most popular occupations for landscape photographers everywhere. Finding something to do with your time while you're cooped up inside watching another sunset roll past is a mildy frustrating and yet knowing this doesn't make it any easier. You can spend all day looking at the forums or on social media but typically you just get more frustrated seeing images from colleagues who just happen to have their holidays whilst you're looking. What's more likely is that they're just people like you who are mining their Lightroom catalogs panning away to find that hidden gem (like they wouldn't have noticed first time around).
If it's not social media it's probably looking at the review websites to see what new gear is coming out (how come every new camera is such a big performance increase over previous models and yet our old photos don't look that bad?). Now I'm not pretending there is a cure for this but I will suggest a slightly different tack. How about picking up a book about the stuff you photograph? I'm currently re-reading "Mountains of the Mind" by Robert Macfarlane (highly recommended!) and also have a fictional account of the construction of the Blackwater Reservoir in Kinlochleven ("Children of the Dead End" by Patrick MacGill). I'm finding the more I find out about my photographic subjects the more I'm interested in photographing them and the more they "speak to me" (not in a unicorn and rainbow kitten sort of way though).
In other words, enjoy photography but enjoy the world as well...
Sitting at home and looking out of the window wishing you were out taking photographs has to be one of the most popular occupations for landscape photographers everywhere. Finding something to do with your time while you're cooped up inside watching another sunset roll past is a mildy frustrating and yet knowing this doesn't make it any easier. You can spend all day looking at the forums or on social media but typically you just get more frustrated seeing more
We’ve all been in the position of having what looks like a wonderful picture we can see but sadly there is an obstacle sitting in the way. For me it’s quite often the trunk of a tree sitting in the way. more
I'm grateful it inspired me to think differently about all aspects of my work. At first sight I enjoyed its simplicity and then an analytical study revealed just how carefully the image had been considered. more
Like most landscape photographers I love winter and find it a special time of year. There is much to be said for autumn, spring and summer but there is just something about crisp frosty mornings and fresh layers of virgin snow that I find invigorating. more
This issue the 4x4 portfolios are from Aman Agrawal, Jason Riley, Kenneth Meijer & Pessons Vest more
A recent self help trend for those suffering stress has been mindfulness. A method where by concentrating and focusing all of your attention in on yourself and the process of breathing and other bodily sensations you are able to fully relax by blocking out negative thought. If you can take the time to assess exactly how you are feeling as you make images you should find, as I do, that you will have entered a very similar state. more
We can think of inspiration as the state of finding profound joy and meaning in the making of our work, in which case it is indeed correlated with what psychologists term flow – a state of great contentment that ensues out of becoming so consumed in an activity that no attention is left over for other concerns. more
Simon is less interested in accurately recording that which he sees than he is in combining subject, shape and tone using one or more images to create an impression. His aim is to encourage the viewer to see familiar things in a new light, and not all of his images are as they first seem. more