Light and Reality

Light and Reality, Scariste, Isle of Harris by Nils Leonhardt


I’ve come to understand that the essence of a photograph is not solely dependent on technical skills and equipment. Rather, there is something much deeper at play: the relationship between light and our perception of reality.

Have you ever stopped to consider the impact of light on your own perception of the world around you? Light illuminates the colours, textures, and shapes that make up our natural environment. It evokes emotions and feelings, setting the mood for each moment. And as a landscape photographer, it’s the interplay between light and the environment that creates the magic of each photograph.

The fascinating thing about light is that it’s never constant. It changes depending on the time of day, the season, the weather, and our own moods and perspectives. It’s subjective and open to interpretation, just like our perception of reality. As photographers, we have the privilege of capturing a moment in time, a unique intersection of light, composition, and subject. Each photograph is a fragment of truth, revealing a small piece of a much larger and infinitely complex reality. And yet, in that moment, it is enough. It speaks to us and evokes emotions that connect us to the natural world.

What’s interesting about landscape photography is that it allows us to explore our own perception of reality. We can choose to capture the beauty that speaks to us, whether it’s a dramatic sunset, a peaceful landscape, or the majesty of nature in all its glory. And in doing so, we’re able to share our unique vision of the world with others, inviting them to see the world through our own eyes.

In essence, landscape photography is a meditation on the relationship between light and reality. It reminds us that our perception of the world is filtered through our own experiences and perspectives. And yet, through the magic of light and the power of photography, we’re able to share our vision and connect with others in a way that transcends language and culture.

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T5
  • Lens: Fujinon XF18mm f/1.8
  • ISO125, 1/9sec, f/10

Scarista, Isle of Harris, Scotland

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