Haunted By Landscape Photographers

January 30, 2013

I am haunted by landscape photographers.  Now, I don't mean that some entity is moving my equipment, or that I have spirits sit by my bed, telling me of their adventures as I sleep.  Although I do believe that there is more to life than flesh and bone, what I am referring to is the ghosts of current, living landscape photographers.  Let me explain.

I study a lot.  I read, I spend hours going in circles on the internet, I cry, I wish, I get mad.  All for the sake of finding what inspires me.  To learn.  To grow.  To somehow find a release point for the passion I have for this craft.  In those times, I see some pretty incredible images, and I envy the details, colors and light.  The compositions.  Oh, the compositions!  Beautiful mountain meadows with perfectly placed and formed wildflowers resting beneath powerful mountain peaks.  Crystal clear reflections in a mountain lake with the warmth of sunset painting every pixel.  These are my ghosts.

The haunting happens when I sit at my computer, reviewing my images from the day.  Instead of seeing my own vision, I have those other photos in my mind.  Yes, I could probably manage to mimic the processing, but, even when I come close, I am not happy.  In fact, I hate what I create.

Someone told me the other day that my photos are unique because she thought photographers only worked under brilliant blue skies with fluffy white clouds.  It got me thinking, "Am I doing something wrong?"  No, I am not.

I am a contrast - I am a Virgo with Leo tendencies.  I am a quiet person unless I have something important to say.  I love cloudy, miserable days, and the warmth of the sunshine.  I love vast landscapes where there is intimacy.  I love drama in my photos, but not in my life.  I prefer solitude, but love to share my experiences and art.

The hardest thing to do in any pursuit is to go against the grain - to be the oddball, the rebel, the one who is different.  I have a style in my photography - a style that I see from few landscape photographers.  But there's a million landscape photographers out there doing it the way I am not, and for me to do it their way is being someone I am not.

A unique style is important, in more things than photography.  I have had great success in my life by being different, by sharing a different perspective, by presenting things in a unique way, by asking people to simply consider the possibilities of what they easily dismiss.  Why would my photography be any different?



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