I am a few days delayed in posting for this topic, but I wanted to play along anyways. The photo prompt last week was experimental, and it gives me an opportunity to share some of the images I call my Artistic Impressions.
It’s timely, as I was just listening to a wildlife photography podcast that I really enjoy, discussing photographic art as opposed to straight “documentary style” wildlife photography. I thought the comments of the host, Gerry Vanderwalt, were absolutely spot on. His take on it was use your wildlife images in whatever way you choose to create the art you want to make, but just be very clear when presenting it to let people know that what they are seeing is not reality.
Now, I don’t think anyone would mistake any of these images for reality, and the comment was more aimed towards compositing work, but, I really do feel that people should create whatever moves them. If reality didn’t match how the moment made you feel, then turn your images into something that does invoke the feeling of the moment. Just don’t try to claim it is something that it’s not.
Every moment in nature is fleeting, temporary. The timing of sunrise and sunset shift on a daily basis, the position of the sun, moon and stars differ depending on what time of day or night you look at them, and from where. Seasons shift as the earth moves around the sun. So every photograph taken outside, to capture the beauty of nature, is to capture a moment that will never be exactly that way again.
For me, travel photos feel all the more fleeting. When I capture images around home, there is a sense that I may see something similar again. But on the road, especially when moving from place to place, there is a real sense that you may never have the chance to travel this particular road again.
This photo challenge topic has taken me on a deep dive into my memories, thinking of beautiful moments captured while traveling, and knowing that there are some places I will likely never return to, and others I hold so close to my heart, and dream of daily, that it seems impossible that I would not end up there again