Andy Lee is a Welsh photographer that has started the trade more obsessively about ten years ago. The quest began during the filming of a documentary for a charity in Ethiopia. In the search for his portfolio on different sites, you will most often than not come across this tagline written by himself “obsessive, creative, workaholic dreamer”. With such a description for the person handling the camera, one can only expect to be taken aback by the outcome.
Mr. Lee states that he has a love for portraits and only recently has he taken a liking to landscape photography. Well, the statement doesn’t really do him justice. Because it’s as if his mountain landscapes surfaced from time immemorial. They’re breathtaking and most often than not, they make you feel humble.
The sentiment is brought on, especially in his Blue Iceland collection discussed in this article, by the imposing figures of mountains pointing towards the sky. The composition is mainly the same: the foreground subtlely offers crumbles of information with regards to the surroundings, while the background sky seems to be making its vast presence known, almost palpable. The clarity of this composition is counterbalanced by the gentle colours some of the photos display.
Shooting with a range of mediums-4×5 film, medium format, digital, and infrared-Lee says, “The joy I still get from seeing an image projected onto ground glass, or the smell of developer is enough to keep me shooting with a smile on my face.”
The focus in all the selected photographs is on the mountains. They are center-point. The dark foreground make you wonder where was the photograph taken, but only for a fleeting moment, because the stage is set. The force of the mountain standing witness to the elements and the ever-changing sky makes you wonder when was the last time you felt overwhelmed by nature. If watching Andy Lee’s landscapes makes you feel small, humble and overwhelmed, what must it have been like taking the photograph?
Would you have taken the shot to immortalize the moment or would you have just paused in awe? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.