I've noticed an interesting trend in my photographic tendencies. After posting all of those landscape shots, I just realized that while they are beautiful and elegant, they aren't what I'm really drawn to photographically. Even with a landscape shot, I just feel the urge to put a person in the frame somewhere. Actually, right behind me while I made most of the landscape photographs, there was was a couple sitting on the edge of the water just enjoying the sunset with a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine. I had to fight off the urge to put them in the foreground of the photo. I mean the evening was just so gorgeous, and they were just doing what people do: enjoying it!!!! I think that for me, photographs have to contain some kind of human element. I used to just want to shoot remote landscapes, but I've realized that just isn't enough for me. Take the photo below for instance. I took the same frame right after the biker past, but it just felt empty.
Similarly, this photo would be beautiful with nobody in it, but by adding a person, we get a better perspective and understanding on what people do on a beautiful evening in the city. By adding a little motion blur, it adds an interesting dynamic and helps separate the biker from the environment around him.
The photo below, while inherently not amazing or anything, is interesting because of the colors and shapes of the sky/grass/building/symmetry and the moon adds a nice touch, but it's just flat to me. If I were to wait until some kids ran down the hill, that would add a touch of humanity: kids playing on a beautiful evening in a beautiful place. It's what I did as a kid in the summer time, and reminds me of that time.
Its this element of humanity that I desire so much for my photographs. Empty land can be beautiful, yes, but its just not enough for me. I want to see people, I am curious about the human existence. I think it ties in with a previous post on not forgetting to "say hello." We're here to be in relationships with those around us, it's not enough to just live in the land alone.