This photograph, taken by Colin Russell is of a landscape of the Carraghan mountains on the Isle of Man. This image interests me because it’s clean; the misty weather conditions created an interesting composition –creating a sense of minimalism. There is a cold colour palette in the photograph, making me feel peaceful and relaxed. Hypothetically, I feel that my feelings reflect the shape of soft peaks; their gentle slopes sliding away into the visibly extinct basins of the mountains.
A strong perspective is created from this location – as the mountains are seen to slope away into the fading horizon. Russell used a 70 – 200mm lens, set at 109mm, f8, to create a rich depth of field– giving viewers the sense of a never-ending landscape.
In particular, this photograph made me think because I observed what I thought was an image artefact, or dust on the camera’s sensor. Only until I realised it was a person standing on the brow of the mountain – doing the same as Russell. This relationship between us and our surroundings gave me a sense of melancholy – it shows us how fragile life is and how the landscape rules over us and not necessarily, how we rule over it.
L1 Photography, University of the West of England