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Splendid Isolation

Jack London said: “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a stick!”. My stick is solitude, or more precisely, a place where solitude is possible. Usually I am with one or more companions, whether they be clients on a tour, or a like minded friend, but the main ingredient, the thing that makes it possible for me to fly off to a world of my own lies not in the absence of company, but rather in the absence of barriers.

If I make an image that portrays the illusion, I have accomplished my goal. In fact, there are times that a human figure is essential to complete the composition. An inanimate object can also serve to convey the feeling of isolation by providing something for the viewer to empathize with:


A weathered fence post in the midst of multi-colored badlands…


or a horse skull perched on the edge of a labyrinthine wash. These anchors add a sense of scale to the image, and allow the viewer to immerse herself in the “splendid isolation” of the environment.

11 responses

  1. Such beautiful nature photos


    August 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  2. gratefull….placement


    August 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

  3. Gorgeous photos, Jim. I know what you mean about solitude, but for me, personally, I need balance. Just wish that life was such that I could achieve either solitude or company at the precise moments I need each!


    August 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  4. It is amazing how this places reminds me THe patagonia desert, south of Argentina.


    August 18, 2014 at 5:14 am

  5. ambienteubv

    Reblogged this on miplanetabonito.


    August 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

  6. amazing!


    August 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

  7. Beautiful pictures! Nicely done 🙂


    September 16, 2014 at 1:41 am

  8. ceopublidrone

    Amazing potos!! Congratulatios


    September 23, 2014 at 4:09 am

  9. Great write and beautiful pictures! Keep up the good work I will be following your blog and look forward to read more of your articles and seeing your photos.


    October 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

  10. Absolutely breathtaking photos.


    October 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  11. I love these. Wonderful composition.


    November 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

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