Thoughts on Reconnecting with Nature Through Landscape Photography

This post aims to get you into the mind of a landscape photographer.

I took some time to explore

I took a photographic trip to one of my favourite destinations in the Drakensberg mountains, Cobham campsite. Cobham is a rustic campsite cradled in the valleys of the Southern Drakensberg mountain range, approximately ten kilometres from the small town of Underberg.

It is a contemplative place far from the maddening crowds and modern city life. The magical charms of the Cobham mountains will please all nature lovers. It is, after all, a land that holds millenniums of stories within its beautiful grasses, monster rocks, and royal mountain peaks.

A place for weary souls

It is the sort of place a weary soul can find refuge.

All that is required is that you sit and stare at the rocky peaks, ever-changing under the sun’s dynamic light.

The scenery will astound you. Guaranteed.

It is not only the scenery that is significant, but also the silence that grips your attention, as if nature can see your inner desires. In this serene silence and surroundings a landscape photographer can begin to dream big ideas.

Losing the mobile devices for a while

Here, it is customary to switch your devices off, pack them away, and simply live free of your connection to any society.

As much as I am a fan of technology, and addicted to it like most people are today, it is an almost forgotten pleasure to not have a device on the go – to give yourself the chance to be reminded of the importance of connecting with the natural world for a while.

This is such an important consideration. Our contemporary lifestyles are increasingly defying the natural world. I know that there are many individuals and organisations that are singing this tune, but it is so true, and so vital, that we remember to connect with nature.

Doing so is not only good for humans, but beneficial for nature too. Getting into nature reminds us why the natural world is important.

It is not only about the beauty and reverence, but also about remembering the connection that we share.

City and metropolitan lifestyles have disconnected most humans from their natural environments. As a result, many of us have sadly lost touch with the true power of nature.

Through photography we can find a good reason to reacquaint our earthly selves.

Natural landscapes that surprise and impress

There is still, however, one “device” that we do need to pack out of the bag. This is, of course, the camera, but our intentions are different with this technological device.

With our digital cameras (and that includes mobile phone cameras that are not connected to the internet), we want to capture the beauty of the natural scene in front of us. We want to record it into a digital form, as accurately as possible. 

We aspire to capture the beauty we have seen and to display it to others. You want to show them what scenic gems you discovered on your adventures, right?

We want to convince our city slicker friends that nature is truly amazing and that it is worthwhile spending time outdoors.

We hope to capture this piece of persuasive imagery in a neat, digital presentation. A slice of the natural world we can package onto the world wide web for all to see.

Getting in touch with nature and in the mood for photography

Now that we have arrived and acquainted ourselves with the prevailing landscape, it is time to get in the mood for taking photographs. This is normally easy to achieve if you are naturally excited about landscape photography.

It is time to scan the landscape to see what might make an appealing photograph. If nothing you see looks interesting then it is time to pack the gear and take a walk. Since we are in nature it is fair to assume that walking about and exploring the land in possible, and permissible.

In Cobham this is encouraged. There is heaps of open land to roam with clearly marked trails to follow. With map in hand and camera gear loaded, the real fun begins.

This brings us to the end of the first part of the landscape photography series.

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