Dimitri Vasileiou • Why Do We Photograph Landscapes?

For professional landscape photographers, taking pictures is a business, but in this article Dimitri Vasileiou takes a moment to reflect on the more primal reasons he loves landscape photography

What a perfect time for flying. It was the last day in May and summer had just started. The weather outside was excellent, the sun was shining – even up here in Scotland – and Edinburgh airport was buzzing with life. I was jetting to Greece for a few days off and also to run a photo tour on the extraordinary island of Milos.

The backpack was full of camera gear and the laptop was tucked away. What on earth would we do today without internet? Sometimes I stop to think about it for a minute and, to be honest, I don’t think I could manage living my day-to-day life without being connected to the world of www. So many of us have come to depend on the internet these days.

Talking of the internet, and as my flight was delayed by almost an hour, the laptop came out and I started using the free bandwidth offered at the airport terminal. After checking some important emails, I logged in to our latest venture on the website, the Landscape Photography Magazine Forum. Scrolling around the latest topics that members have posted, I came across one titled ...

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    Kolette Grobler on

    I also love photography, as a hobby. This includes landscape photography. I love it for the same reasons as you mention above in your article. But also as part of my “memory” bank. One tends to forget the details of all those special moments out in nature, but my image collection that I took over the years, helps to bring back the details of those moments, helps me to relive it, and to share the stories behind the images with others. I figured, one day when I am too old to venture outside in nature, camera in hand, I will still have my image collection (and the memories along with it).

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    Couldn’t agree more! My friend and family love my photographs, and while they say I could make money selling them, it’s not why I do it…(also, I’m really not as good as they think)

    I used to say I chose landscape photography over portraits because, a tree never asked me if it could see the picture afterwards, shoot another from higher up so it looked slimmer, take another because it’s leaves weren’t just right. I really chose landscape because I can get lost in it, and I can sometimes show the things God put right in front of us, but we overlook everyday. I’d rather shoot landscapes and make nothing, than a wedding and make hundreds.

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