It’s not often I look at a landscape photographer’s work and am possessed by an immediate desire to see all of it, travel with him, learn from him, but yesterday I watched a podcast by Bruce Percy on his travels in Patagonia and I’ve been able to think of nothing else. He does a workshop in Patagonia that dovetails with a workshop on Easter Island and I’m trying desperately to put it out of my mind, to no avail.
This is going to sound strange, but I don’t look at a great many portfolios by other photographers. I discovered long ago that, far from inspiring me, it often makes it harder for me to be creative about my own work. If I see work I love, I’m saddled with the burden of trying not to copy it. If I see work I do not like, I’m saddled with the equally unpleasant task of keeping my mouth shut. Hey, I’m not proud of it. Anyways, after seeing the podcast on Patagonia I literally had to, was compelled to, sit and look through Bruce’s work. It’s breathtaking, inspiring, luminous, and – dammit! – it makes me green with envy over some of the places he’s captured so beautifully.
If you have time today – hey, this is a short post, go now – spend some time on Bruce Percy’s site. Be sure to watch one of his podcasts too, he’s got one of those fantastic exotic accents we Canadians desperately wish we had.