The Little People

October 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Human Inclusion Victim #1The Beachcomber

I tend to get a lot of inspiration from other photographers and artists. It’s one of the main reasons I like social media sites like Flickr and more recently Instagram so much.

Recently I have found myself drawn to landscape images with a human element. Normally I try everything to keep people out of my landscape images so it was strange that images like the selfies Paul Zizka created should appeal to me.

I once attended a workshop in Dunsborough, Western Australia by two photographers that I admire a great deal, Les Walkling and Tony Hewitt.

They discussed at length the importance of self-reflective and probing questions about why you are pressing the shutter to developing your personal style and vision.

They also introduced the concept that to be a more interesting photographer you should first become a more interesting person and surround yourself with fine works of all kinds (e.g. art, literature etc.) but also to apply this questioning theory to artworks that you find yourself admiring. 

The application of this theory to works such as those from Paul Zizka led me to the conclusion that I liked the context, the perspective, the isolation, scale and emotion that a human element can add to an image.

Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I enjoy setting myself challenges and projects within my photography and so I have been keeping an eye out for a good opportunity to practice the finesse of including humans in landscape images.

This opportunity presented itself over the weekend on a 24hour trip to Bawaka in Northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. 10 people, a 4WD bus and some spectacular beaches. Only 1 sunrise and 1 sunset and a bright bright day in between presented a challenge to capture everything in itself! Knowing I could not keep everyone else out of my images I decided to test out the human inclusion theory!

These are my first results. I have lots more ideas too now and it is probably not the last time I’ll try this. 

 

The Barra HuntersThere's no little person in this one but the lights on the foreground are from head torches as people walked around behind me looking for barra in the shallows. Human Inclusion Victims #2 The Morning Coffee Junkies (9-shot panorama of Bawaka) Human Inclusion Victim #3 The Man that Walks on Water Human Inclusion Victim #4The Budgie Smuggler Human Inclusion Victim #5The Fisherman


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