“Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”
— Seneca, Letters From a Stoic
Today I'm having a break from photographing people. Don't get me wrong...I love photographing people! I especially love taking photos of people in different places and scenery. You can get a real sense of a person by the places they choose to be photographed in. Though I often recommend locations, usually after I've spoken to them and have had a little insight into their personalities and experiences.
You see, one of my other loves is photographing landscapes. I've been doing this for a little while now, and even though I'm not a professional landscape photographer, I know enough to get by.
Photographing landscapes is for me a way of seeking solace. Sometimes what's needed is the quiet and calm from busy thoughts, voices and expectations. Landscapes demand very little of us. They only serve to restore inner calm, peace and balance.
When photographing landscapes, it has no expectations. It requires nothing from us apart from appreciating its' true nature and beauty. We are just witnesses. There is nothing left for us to do but to drink it in and be present.
My dream is to work out a way of combining my love of landscapes with my love of people. I think there is a strong connection between the natural beauty of landscapes and people. I would like to find a way of reconnecting people with the land, and am looking at exploring this a little further through my photography. I don't know how exactly, but I'm sure it will come to me.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a couple of my landscape photos. I prefer taking photos during the golden hour - the colours at sunset and sunrise are just spectacular!