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To photograph a landscape as one takes a portrait in a studio may seem a paradox, but it is almost the same thing. It deals with working with the light on the subject and in the background in order to make the somatic (or geologic) characteristics stand out: the wrinkles of the ground, the gentleness of the slopes, the roughness of the ruts in the land. To underline the contours or to give importance to the volumes, to specify forms or to make depth stand out.
Working in the studio we can arrange the light sources as we like, but the situation is very different working in the “field”. There is only one light source, and is not always available. We must wait. When our light technician wants to work he is almost a God, but if he doesn’t want to.....plentiful doses of insults and curses aren’t worth anything.
We have to wait (and this aspect is a great lessons of humility and life). It is necessary to know in advance when there will be good light, and sometimes even this doesn’t count. Sometimes the light passes, slips, runs, creeps, spreads, envelops, vanishes, goes. And, with its conspiratorial shadow, makes the texture stand out.
In these situations, photographing the landscape becomes stimulating - to be on the alert to steal the moment - while usually one thinks that it must be an utterly relaxing occupation. Exactly in these circumstances that magic I-don’t-know-what shows itself, allowing us to transfigure, rather than simply reproduce, a portion of world. And it is in this way that one can capture the soul of the environment that surrounds us, that is non other than the reflection of our soul.
Because the landscape ends at the horizon, but begins inside of us.
Claudio Marcozzi