Just as in design, a good photograph is not necessarily something you choose or see. It’s something you visualize, feel emotionally, experience. With no control over light, weather or geography the landscape photographer must study the scene and position himself in the most advantageous position to facilitate the arrangement of all the variables in what will hopefully become a powerful and moving composition.
Achieving this involves recognizing when subject and light come together in a special way, when the essence of the landscape can be extracted from its surroundings, able to trigger emotion in the viewer.
Rick Ferens first picked up a camera during his early mountain climbing years, taking photographs mostly for documentation but also as a creative outlet. Climbing in the high rock and ice above tree line acquainted him with great open spaces and vast distances unmarred by human development. This would ultimately affect his future photographic style. He also knew that someday the camera would demand a larger part of his personal and professional life.
The influences of his mountain climbing are evident in the photographic subjects he chooses and style of execution, echoing the early landscape photographers who photographed the American continent and stressed the beauty and sanctity of the wilderness in their work.
His experiences with the drama of nature plus the art of creating dramatic images keeps him motivated to continue exploring wild places, capturing those special moments and scenes with his camera and sharing his discoveries with those interested in enriching their awareness of the earth’s landscape.