I am not particularly vocal on the Internet. I like to let the photography do the talking, and when that isn’t enough, my business partner, Sam Dobbins, fills in all the gaps. I’d really like to share some of my thoughts and experiences, for what they’re worth, and I figured a good place to start might be with a photography topic that I care about just as much as automotive photography – landscapes.
Masterful work like that of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Group f64, Marcin Sobas, Ian Ruhter, Chase Jarvis, and others effects me deeply. Probably because those landscapes themselves impact me emotionally, and when a really good photographer can capture a fraction of how beautiful nature can be, with composition and light and a little bit of passion, I’m hooked. I’m not a big fan of super wide angle, over-processed, over-saturated, digitally perfect, long exposure waterfall and beach photos. They don’t do a thing for me. I prefer an image that makes me feel like I could be there, experiencing that location; not like I’m viewing a photo feed from one of NASA’s robots on Uranus.
I’ve been adventuring a lot in England lately with my tour guide, Paul McGrath. We’ve been and will go to a lot of car shows on behalf of MTM, but on July 7th, he showed me the Longstock Park Water Gardens in Stockbridge. They are only open every other Sunday in the summer months, and we happened to luck out with the timing!
My first thought when walking around these incredible grounds, was the interesting layers of color and texture. All of the trees and flowers and greenery work together to create so many different stacks of beautiful compositions. It was a work of art, and from the looks of it an ongoing, back-breaking labor of love.