Sitting on a bench on a cool misty morning an old lady and a young girl look out over the sea and both see something different. The old lady with her life behind and the girl with hers ahead of her stare out at the same view but each has a different story to tell.
Nature has a way of telling stories as do people and setting the scene of a grandmother and grandchild is something most photographers would shoot face on. But turning it on its head, letting nature tell the story rather than the people in the photo allows a viewer to imagine the conversation either between the characters or inside their heads. A combination of landscape and portrait photography creates a masterpiece not just of imagery but also in the story it tells.
Nature is as it is at the moment the shutter opened and closed but what cannot be seen is how the landscape has changed, is changing still and will change in years to come. Positioning two people of different generations in the same natural setting opens up the imagination. Does the mist hide a memory of happy days playing on the sand or perhaps a memory of something sad? The beach and sea is perhaps the clue but it will not give up the secret. The people are positioned just far enough apart to be strangers yet close enough to be family, the act of staring out to see captures a moment and the sea, perhaps nature’s most ferocious performer may seem tranquil to one and stormy to another.
Nature interacts with people and capturing this interaction can so easily tell a story. In nature the photographer is able to draw a portrait of life, able to define the past or imagine the future. The expressions on the people in the image are not always necessary, sometimes just the act of what they are doing is enough as the scene itself is more important.
Humans in nature can be natural or a little uncomfortable, the two can complement each other or compromise depending on the outcome desired. Colour can be used to great effect to create warmth or texture but likewise simple black and white can create more warmth or deeper meaning.
The image can be gentle or fast paced, nature will either make so or the models will interact and create the energy or not that is required. Touching nature or being distant, a leaf, petal or branch can create a focus point but a landscape can open up a story through the view.
Not matter what or who the photograph is of the combination of people and nature will always bring about a final result that is something special.