Mark Metternich • What Keeps Me Inspired

Different people get inspired by many different things in life. Mark Metternich shares his experiences and tells us what keeps him inspired in today's frantic digital world of landscape photography

There are many aspects to landscape photography, some which may even surprise you, which keep me perpetually inspired. Don't get me wrong, being an intensely passionate landscape photographer for over sixteen years, I have had very few, small and short seasons of near burnout, but those times were more much related to personal circumstances in my life than the marvellous work and the call of the outdoors.

Each year that goes by teaches me more clearly that it is the quality of our genuine relationships with others, what we give and receive and how we serve them, which brings legitimate fulfilment in life. Like other radical landscape photographers and their necessary travels, I too had long seasons of isolation, like some years when I lived and ran my photography business out of my vehicle, photographing over three-hundred days a year. What I sharply learned from that kind of isolation is that I am not an introvert! I love people. I need them. I am convinced that healthy humans are social creatures by nature and design.

The overwhelming privilege of interacting with my clients, peers and fellow nature lovers practicing photography has become an increasingly incredible source of inspiration to me each year. A great many of these interactions have developed into remarkable lifelong friendships. It is a high honor that I get the opportunity to serve people in this business by leading photography workshops, helping people experience a robust adventure and helping them to see incredible nature in the field. I have gained a particular joy from not only helping them to acquire great pictures, teach them critical post-processing and master print-making skills, but I am also passionate about making contributive educational materials, like video tutorials. Being given the trust of others to work on their images for print preparation is an extraordinary honor. It is precisely in these moments, while either out in the field on a workshop or communicating online, for example, that these cherished connections occur which would not ...

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Based in the US, Mark has been a professional landscape photographer for nearly twenty years, with his fine art gallery prints sold around the world. In addition to leading photography workshops, Mark produces post-processing training videos, teaches post-processing online and is a contributor to photographic publications worldwide.

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