This is possibly the best shot I got of the Baiau Lakes – or Estany de Baiau as they are called in Spanish. I like the colours, the textures, and the drama of those rocky slopes, and most importantly it all knits together quite nicely. There’s a painter called Paul Gardner who said “a painting is never finished, it simply stops in interesting places” which is a wonderful notion. It suggests that every artistic scene is not actually confined to the painting; that the process and experience of the painting extends both geographically and imaginatively beyond its frame. This lies at the heart of effective mountain photography: you evoke something greater than whatever is depicted in your shot. You create a frame which doesn’t actually exist which can be, paradoxically, more evocative than a full panorama or documentary video footage which reproduces rather than selects. Or to put it another way it’s the abstraction of photography which is (partly) the reason for its power.

 

Pyrenees Mountain Book: Baiau Lakes Beauty

Saturday October 27, 2012