Month: July 2013

Why Are There No People In Your Photos?


I saw the question posed in a recent edition of a well-known photography magazine1, “…Why are there rarely any people in landscape pictures?…”. I guess it’s a reasonable question to ask – humans are, after all, a natural element of the landscape, we are one of the most widespread species on earth, and our actions over the centuries have done more to alter, manipulate and define the nature of present day landscapes than any other single species in history. Isn’t it a little dishonest, or at least selective in an anti-anthropomorphic way, to go to such efforts to exclude humans and their influence from our images? While my initial reaction (and I suspect that of many other dedicated landscape photographers) was to scoff at the question, it did get me thinking about my own motives and purpose for doing what I love to do – and why I often go… | Read the full article

Reflections Of A Beachcomber

I can’t think of many better ways to start a day than with a stroll along an ocean beach. There’s something intoxicating about the salt air, the perpetual motion of the waves and the open expanses of water and sand under a morning sky. It’s also one of my favourite places to take my camera, but the very nature of the environment can make it challenging to capture engaging images that reflect the feeling of the first-hand experience. With so much open space, and few subjects to focus on other than sand, water and sky, photographers often take a minimalist approach to beach photography, relying on large areas of open space in their compositions to convey the expansive atmosphere of the beach environment. That approach can be very successful, but it is easy to get stuck in a rut and struggle to find creative new ways to photograph your favourite… | Read the full article