Beware of the « Grand Vista Syndrome »…


When we encounter a wild scene with obvious visual appeal, the first decision to make is what stays and what goes ! Compositional choices might be limited by features such as fence lines or utility poles, but in the absence of these, main question is :  » What is relevant to  the story and what is not ? » I find that in these situations, it helps to start off by thinking small. Begin by identifying one of those elements that caught your attention in the first place. In this Photograph, I was caught by this line of red trees against the deep green of the meadows.

Then, Can those elements be linked to other elements that are relevant to the picture’s theme ? One at a time, these components are incorporated into the composition, until the inclusion of anything else threatens to reduce the impact of the core topics. Though these compositions may not be on the Grand Scale of the « Yosemite Vista » you certainly have in mind,  they can be just as valuable as records of Wildness.

It’s hard, sometimes, to travel to a remote area, perhaps at considerable expense, and, in spite of trying very hard to find « The Picture », to come away with nothing. Sometimes, Wild Nature is just too slick to imprint on film : well, it looks shiny and attractive but didn’t evolve to be photographed and, in spite of our best efforts, evades fixing. Wild nature, of course, is completely oblivious to human effort and rewards randomly. Some Photographers sometimes, just get lucky !

Over time, I have learned to expect nothing of a place, but to hope for everything. A good advice is to be open to what you are seeing rather than preoccupied with what you are imagining.  Often the statement about a place’s wildness is found not in the imagined Grand Vista but in the intimate space, something that does not become apparent until you are there…

In this Workshop, I’ll teach you to be « in connection » with your surroundings, to get immersed in « Pristine Nature » and convey your emotion through your images. We will spend some time in the fields and then, will edit our images to exhaust the power of Nature.

Level : Beginners – Intermediate – Advanced

Cost per Attendee : 400 €  ( Lodging – Catering included ).

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