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Being in the right frame of mind is a significant part of enjoying and creating satisfying landscape photographs. Trying to work formulaically when our heads our “in the game” can make pretty images but in most cases, it isn’t conducive to creating keepers. Also, a big part of the enjoyment of landscape photography is feeling at one with the location you’re in. I was reading recently that stress has been underestimated as a detrimental factor in our personal health, possibly acting on a similar level as smoking. So finding time to spend lost in the landscape is not only a creative requirement but it’s possibly also a step to healthier living (if only I didn’t come back and require cake every time).
My stress levels have been higher than normal in the last few weeks, not only because of the last stages of the competition (winners announced on Monday) but also because it has rained almost non stop up here in the highlands for the last month or so and our outdoors time has been almost non-existent. We’re still crossing our fingers for a late batch of great weather to enjoy the autumn conditions.
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I have spent so many hours photographing abstracts on the English coast and the print of Submergence evokes many memories. more
When I practice mindfulness, I don’t aspire to rid myself completely of strong emotions. My goal, instead, is to filter my emotions and keep only those that are most elevating and beautiful, even if painful and difficult. more
Making photographs is all about personal decisions like what subject matter you choose to photograph or which of your photographs is good enough for others to see more
Over the past several years I have had the pleasure of being introduced time and time again to the excellent photographic artwork of Jackson Frishman, as he’s been recommended to me by so many excellent former guests of my podcast, including Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorossa. There are several interesting themes that I’ve been able to piece together over the years regarding Jackson and his work that have always intrigued me and so more
In my daily life and work, my mind likes to discern patterns from complex sets of information and I also see images in this manner. Being up in the air, where landforms can be abstracted into shapes and patterns, I can more easily apply this skill. more