I think it is pretty apparent that I love to shoot Landscape Photography with a human element involved.
For me, Landscape /Street Photography mashups, create an an emotional connection to the image, where the viewer can imagine themselves in the scene, or more readily, wonder what was in the minds of the protagonists that are part of the image…
What were the up to? Where are they going? What are they talking about?
Combining these two photography genres creates an inherent story to an image, where on a typical Landscape Photo, there might not be one.
This image of mine, ‘The Flatiron Gang', that I shot in Chautauqua Park, on my Colorado and Arizona trip, has a certain flavour of 'Stand by Me', 'The Goonies' and 'Stranger Things'. A group of young people who are out together, steadily making their way up towards the Flatiron mountains.
I particularly like the position of the guy at the back of the line, with the white shirt on. He is holding his back. Hopefully he wasn't in too much discomfort, but the fact that he is holding his back adds a story to him giving him a sense of character.
You may notice that I have simply composed and cropped the image so that the gang are close to an intersection on the rule of thirds and towards the edge of the frame. If I had captured them in the middle of the frame, their presence would have detracted from the great Flatiron mountain. There would have been a distinct lack of balance. You can see that they are heading into the trees, but if they'd been in the middle you may have wondered whether they were stopping.
Once again, this is a daytime shot where the light is 'pleasant' with some nice spills of light on the trees and on the hills, with a few shadows.
I could have shot this super early or late, and got some better light but I might not have and these awesome guys wouldn't have been there.
I want to capture a moment and that's exactly what I did here.
I absolutely loved The Flatirons, Boulder and Colorado. It is a Photographer's dream...