Nature is absolutely extraordinary for those who know how to watch it and appreciate the shows she offers us.
Natural land landscapes are often invitations to introspection. Through contemplation, they allow us to find answers to our existential questions.
Personally, when I contemplate them, I always try to disconnect from my daily life and all my thoughts related to my work. I focus on what I see, what I feel. I let my imagination wander. I am always trying to find a symbolic representation of what I am looking at.
During one of my many trips to the northern part of the Canyonlands, Island in the Sky, in the state of Utah in the United States, I left my photo equipment in the car. I had decided for once to let me go and understand why I loved coming to this region so much.
It was 8 a.m. The morning was exceptional. The light conditions were perfect. However, I forced myself not to take photographs of landscapes. I was alone. No noise was noticeable. I let myself go.
I contemplated the large canyons dug by the Colorado and the Green River which were 1800 meters below.
My imagination wandered. I imagined the millions of years it had taken to transform these landscapes. Time passing slowly. The time that transforms, changes our lives, sculpts landscapes. The time that we lack in our modern societies. We reach a goal. We are already looking for a next goal to reach. We are always chasing something. Time is the rarest and most precious commodity we have. I wonder why we are not more aware of it. Perhaps because time is difficult to quantify. Maybe we forget that our lives are short. Maybe we are too materialistic.
I was lost in my thoughts when suddenly I had a very curious idea. I had in front of me huge creatures that looked like dinosaurs and that walked leaving large footprints. I had gone back over 65 million years ago.
I had before me the imprints of time.
Each of them has a particular form, a hidden meaning that we have to try to discover. These footprints are just there to tell us that we must always work to create solid foundations that will be used to build what is called humanity.
And if all these magnificent landscapes were only there to remind us of the purpose of our existence: to learn and understand in order to be happy and to give happiness to others.
I hope you will feel the same emotions as I do when viewing these black and white fine art prints. They are dedicated to the photography of landscapes in black and white. But close your eyes and go to the landscapes already. What do you see ?
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