Is the grass always greener?

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Iceland, Patagonia, Greenland, Abraham Lake, Iceland, Patagonia, Greenland, Abraham Lake and on and on and on and on and on….

I am beginning to think that there are only four or five good places on earth to take landscapes.

Over the past few weeks it seems that there is a well worn path, a formula as it were for the well travelled photographers of the world to follow.

The couple of dozen photos of Iceland were interesting and jaw dropping but it’s like watching scary movies after a few hundred what does it take to scare you?

I haven’t stopped off at Beauty Creek on the Icefields parkway for a few years but I imagine that there is a well worn path in the snow now leading you to where it seems every photographer and his workshop now go for their obligatory winter photos.

That is the both the beauty and the ugliness of the internet. Five or six years ago if you wanted to photograph Beauty Creek in Jasper you had to break trail in almost chest deep snow to get to the open water. I know because I have done it.

Why the onslaught to a few select areas? Time? Lack of imagination? Probably a bit of both.

My appreciation for the truly creative landscape photographer has increased tenfold these past few weeks.

It seems like only yesterday that I remember seeing my first ice bubbles at Abraham Lake and they were new to the photo world. Sadly they have become a cliche these days. My trip out to Abraham last month saw about fifty people on the ice and at least a dozen or two dozen cars parked at the overlook. Only a dozen years ago you might be the only one on the ice.

Photography it seems is more about copying to some than creating and that is sad because there are so many talented people out there who are missing out on the joy of discovering a new spot. I stopped giving exact locations or descriptions to my photos for a while now just because of that.

Next time you head out pick a direction and open your eyes to what is around you. You might be pleasantly surprised. The grass might be greener where you live

Happy shooting,


~ by Dan Jurak on February 28, 2018.

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