First off, I want to wish every one of you a happy, healthy, safe, and blessed new year! 2017 proved to be a good year for my photography. I released three publications which were: “Automatic in San Diego” , “Black and White On Both Sides” , and last but not least “Folk In Texas”. I also made a few of my new favorite images while working with other artists. (See below)
This year I’ll feel accomplished if I could publish a total of two publications, “Folk In Texas” vol II, and one which would include my new photography endeavor, landscape photography.
I would say that there are three main things that have sparked my interest in pursuing landscape photography. I’ll start with the first landscape image that really caught my attention, which is Ansel Adams, Aspens photograph that was made in Northern New Mexico in 1958.
I know it’s probably a cliche’ answer but Adams is my all time favorite landscape photographer. This is my all time favorite landscape photograph. There is something about this image that just grabbed my attention right off the bat. It keeps my eye moving from left to right starting with the dominant tree in the foreground, moving to the smaller tree just to the right. Finally, my eye moves to the two front thin tree trunks to the far right, then back to the large main tree on the left. I love how the light falls into the scene and how the dark background creates some sort of mystery. There is just something about this photograph that keeps me wanting to look.
The second is a person… Ben Horne. I stumbled across Ben’s youtube channel sometime late in 2016. I ended up subscribing to his channel, watched most of his previous videos published, and I continue to watch new one’s he releases. I was/am amazed at his approach to making photographs. The way he shoots is the complete opposite of what I’m used to. While I do not consider myself a run and gun photographer in any genre that I may shoot (weddings, events, and portraits), I’m used to making a very “healthy” amount of pictures in one session. Horne may make three, two, or even one picture in a day or trip, if that. His style is slow and melodic. There’s a purpose to his approach and I greatly admire how he has the ability to slow down, take in the moments, and create magic. Horne uses a large format camera and shoots 8×10 film. While Ben’s tools are on the opposite side of the spectrum from myself, as I shoot medium format 645 film and 35mm film, I believe he offers up something we can all learn from, even if one is a digital photographer. I encourage each of you to check out his youtube channel and at least watch a couple of his videos.
The final is God. I don’t think there is much to say here. Just as Adams’ Aspen photograph leaves me in awe when I look at it, God is a million times more an inspiration. The mere magnitude and beauty of our Earth and mother nature created by a devine being leaves me continually speachless. While I respect everyone’s right to believe what they wish I’m going to end with this quote by former atheist Lee Strobel:
“To continue in atheism, I would need to believe that nothing produces everything, non-life produces life, randomness produces fine-tuning, chaos produces information, unconsciousness produces consciousness, and non-reason produces reason. I simply didn’t have that much faith.”