Featured Fine Art Print for August: Rondane - Clear As A Mountain Stream
From Store Ula River, Rondane Nasjonalpark. June 2009.
I have a growing backlog of photographs from this summer, but am in no mood for sitting behind the computer to edit, especially when the weather is perfect for walking in the forests or hiking in the mountains. Well, tonight is one of those rare occasions this month where I do feel inspired to look at, and work on, some of the photographs that I`ve made the last two months. Each year, I notice that I use longer and longer time to start working on the photographs after a trip. Sometimes, it`s just because I am tired and sometimes I don`t get an emotional response if I do give editing a go. Then, when I least expect it, I get inspired, start looking, editing and working and always find at least one good photograph that I have completely forgotten about. When I start working on the photographs that was made two months ago, I see them for what they actually are (now) instead of what I wanted them, or planned them, to be at the time of shooting.
Looking back, for many years, the first thing I would do after coming home from a trip was to start looking and working on my files, no matter how tired I was. I just could not wait to see if the photographs met my expectations or if I had made "the perfect photograph". I`ve always been patient out in the field and have never felt frustrated when I had to wait two, or three, days to get the desired light or weather conditions for a specific photograph. There was always something else to do, to see or to photograph and many of my favorites were made while I was waiting for something else to happen! But, that patience evaporated quickly as morning dew as soon as I got home. Well, things have certainly changed. I try not to force change, I try to find the right time for the change to come, and if the results don`t meet my expectations, so be it. I`ve found that to grow as a photographer, focus should not lie on always producing great photography, but to look beyond, listen to your thoughts and emotions and steadily steer your boat the direction that your mind tells you. Success is fleeting, give your life meaning instead.
While having a short tea break from editing some work from a trip to the west coast (Flø) in early July, I decided to update the Featured Fine Art Print for August (a little late, I know) and will probably also upload new work to this website in the next few days.
The Featured Fine Art Print for August, Rondane - Clear As A Mountain Stream, is one of several personal ways of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Rondane National Park on-line. Hope you enjoy the large view on the home page.
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