I was recently asked by Canon to come up with a brief for a competition they run and then judge the results.
The brief I came up with is titled “A sense of place”. The title is partly a reference to one of my favourite New Zealand photographers Robin Morrison but it is also at the heart of what I think makes great landscape photographs. (I use the word landscape loosely here – to me a landscape image is simply one that is primarily about a location).
The aim of the brief is to create an image that has a sense of place. To me a sense of place is what connects you to an image, it evokes an emotion or feeling. We commonly see images that are pretty, even beautiful, yet they lack substance. Behind a veneer they are empty.
With my work I am constantly looking to create this connection. The connection is normally a very personal thing and often intangible.
As part of the brief I had to submit an image of my own. I chose one from this series I shot while back in New Zealand.