Thursday, July 28, 2011

I found myself this week

Ever since I started out with photography I knew I wanted to do landscape photography.
When I was still being schooled as a darkroom black and white photographer, my teacher was always complaining about how dark my skies and pictures where. I'm happy that I did not listen to him all the time. It just felt natural back then to burn skies really heavily. I did it instinctively. Not because somebody told me to. It's a bit hard to explain but I guess you could say it came from the inside, from the heart. I guess people call that vision.

Fast forward 10 years. I am now living in the most beautiful part of the world, Canada, where I can pursue that vision even further. And I am happy to say that I found my little niche where I can be who I am and I can do what I love doing. Even where I am proud of doing what I do.

Sure my landscapes are not photographed in the most scenic spots of Alberta and they are not taken at sunrise and or sunset. Yes they are dark and full of blacks with a lot of contrast. They do have a particular look. But that look just came naturally. This is what I like to look at.

For me it is more about the light itself. How light interacts with the sky, with clouds, with air even. Not how spectacular a mountain scene is.

I leave you with my favourites from this week so far.

Wonderful Mammatus

Hazy Rockies

Something's Brewing


  1. Really dramatic series Oli - fantastic tone and mood.

  2. Keep following your own voice. I love what you are doing in these images. People always have comments, critiques, but it is your work and should reflect your voice not theirs!

  3. Yes that's what I meant Roberta, finding my own voice! Thanks for reading my ramblings!

    Thanks Russ!!!

  4. While my preferences are vivid, colorful landscapes, I find black and white works very well if one knows how to do it. Like here in example... Anyway, first one is my favorite, nice, clean and simple.

  5. You have a great style. I love the dark brooding skies. Keep up the good work