Landscapes and nature are what interest me. It is something that is often passed by without our noticing it, a lot of the times it serves as fillers to our living environment because of their stationary characteristics and so it ceases to catch our attention after a certain period of time. I am interested in photographing landscapes and nature because it is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also at times poignant, able to stir something deeper within us. My project attempts to capture nature in this way that some might not normally see.
When having the time to really take in the scenes of nature, or when it so happens to catch my attention, I have been able to notice things about these scenes that I would not have otherwise seen. Within this pondering, I have discovered that many of the details that draw me in are things that have to do with form, color and texture.
Through looking at works of landscapes and nature from other photographers, I realize it is the role and responsibility as photographer to manipulate viewers to see what I see and feel. In order to fulfill this duty, I use shallow depth of field to highlight the details of the scenes that catch my attention; in this way, viewers are forced to see what I see. I also emphasize textures and color using digital enhancements, deliberately highlighting these details for the viewers’ attention, sometimes causing these pictures to become otherworldly.
My goal for these photographs is to not only illustrate the details I noticed, but also the feelings that they provoked within me. Though the process of Sight (nature catching my attention), Capture (of the scene as how it evoked feelings in me), Manipulation (emphasizing features), and Presentation I hope to evoke feelings of sublime majesty and emotive serenity in nature.