The Daily Snap – September 18
More and more I am attracted to intimate landscapes and especially to forest scenes. I am not sure why. Maybe it is the contemplative and zen-like state I feel when composing these kinds of shots or maybe it is just so refreshing to not rush the photography.
In grand landscape, big theatrical light photography there is the pressure to ‘nail it’, to get the moment at its peak. It is hurry up and wait. There is pressure; pressure not to miss the moment, time constraints to find a great composition before the light wanes, and even your own pressure of expectation. Sometimes I get performance anxiety… but in quiet light, with subdued subjects, the approach is more meditative. I like that. A lot. I like slowing down, relaxing and savoring the longer moments. Do these kinds of photos like the one above resonate with other viewers? I do not know… I do know they have less mass appeal and that they sell poorly in the commercial world. But the reason I take photos (and the reason you should take photos) is not to satisfy others but simply to satisfy yourself. The photo above for me is a little moment of satisfaction. Click on the photo to see a larger version.