|Big Sky, Little Church|
I often like to look for instances where the man-made elements are shown in stark contrast to the natural world as in this photograph I made on the isle of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. I believe this view generates some thoughtful speculation on Man's relationship with Nature.
Big Sky, Little Church is decidedly a "large view" landscape but contemplative landscape photography can also encompass the "small view" or intimate detail photograph. This image is one of my favorite landscape detail...the old heather and the rock. It was also made in the Outer Hebrides and speaks profoundly about age and endurance and steadfast determination, all characteristics of the islands and the people. I might even say, it is a portrait of the people without the people!
Contemplative landscapes go far beyond the lovely sunset or the flower filled field. They speak about universal themes that are worthy of spending time reflecting on. If the photograph doesn't grab hold of your heart in some profound way then it probably isn't a contemplative one.