When I am out in the natural world and look upon the creations of the elements and time, I am amazed at the wonders that are there to be found. I am also thankful that the sounds of the civilized world are replaced with a peaceful silence that lets me slow down to a point where I am able to let the lands character in. It's at those times where I get a sense that in a special, but humble way it has it's own personality. One which simply dumbfounds me when I start to ponder upon it's age, complexity and the way in which it was created. I find myself wishing I could see just a portion of the things the land has witnessed over the ages.
Getting up into the air to view the landscape opens up a whole new level of appreciation for the beauty, complexity and unity of the land we inhabit. All the vast features of the landscape now show themselves to be in a much closer proximity to each other to the point where you can realize just how much more they are in fact intertwined. This is when the artistic hand of the natural world can be appreciated to an amazingly different degree.
There is something about a scene stripped of colour. It allows you to take it in with no other influence other than the detail contained within. With a background in black and white illustration for the most part, I find it is the details of an image that still pull at me the most. Subtleties seem to find a much more unhindered and appealing presence, and a hidden mood can be pushed to the forefront.
Growing up near the ocean helped opened my eyes to the positive effect it has upon me. The calming influence that comes from listening to the waves crashing, breathing in the salt air and the peacefulness I can feel from just being near it, are all things that make me appreciate, and feel lucky to of always had it so close.
The changing patterns and awesome power displayed by the myriad of passing cloud structures is something that truly fascinates me. I could easily lose hours (and have done) just watching them dance as they pass by. The way they carry and let the light through can be mesmerizing to say the least. I have so often been distracted and ended up filling memory cards just trying to get one shot that conveys the beauty of what I was seeing.
I have had a love of the animal kingdom for as long as I can remember. Whether I am intentionally going out to find and capture an image of a specific animal, or whether it's an encounter that comes from being in the right place at the right time (which is a bonus that arises every so often while out shooting the landscape) I am always happy to walk away with the interaction more so than whether or not I captured the image I had hoped for.