For All Eternity – Faroe Islands

I have received many messages from photographers who are getting discouraged with their passion and this, mainly because of social medias and the lack of interaction they get from people. Here is roughly the answer I gave to a friend recently. Hoping this might also help those who do not feel like reaching out to someone for advice but are going through the exact same thing.

Please don’t quit my friend unless you are doing it for the wrong reasons..If doing landscape photography makes you feel alive, makes you forget about time and helps you see the beauty around you, then you owe it to yourself to keep shooting. Don’t do it for the praises, don’t judge your work according to the amount of likes you get on Facebook. Do it for the memorable experiences it brings you and make sure you appreciate every single moment. The minute you forget about why you started doing this in the first place and try to please others, is the minute when you will start hating what you do. Your passion will turn into work and you really don’t want this.

What will you remember the most on your death bed? The amount of likes you got on Facebook or how fortunate you were to see and experience all these incredible places? Always keep in mind that social medias can be really awesome to meet great people & promote your work but also very destructive when you start comparing yourself to others or start giving it more attention than it truly deserves.. Believe me when I say that people mostly share only the good parts of their lives but rarely the bad. Everyone’s life looks so good that it could bring you down at times and this is a feeling I have had more than once. You have to leave all this aside and come back to the core of it all. What made you fall in love with photography in the first place? I am sure that your answer is exactly like mine..”The unexplainable feeling of inner peace it procures”. Every time I am by myself and see spectacular places or the true beauty of mother nature..I always stop for a moment and think…all this beauty is unveiling before my eyes only for me to witness, I am the only person in the whole world who actually sees this and this is truly a GIFT no one will ever take away from me.

Keep doing what you love, keep pushing hard and always try to better yourself and all the rest will come by itself. That is a promise my friend. 

- I really understand the feeling these people are going through. One small reason why I needed to take a break for so long was because of the overwhelming self-inflicted pressure I would constantly put on myself. It really felt good to let go of everything without feeling guilty about it. I just made sure to keep that little flame alive inside of me ready to ignite when the time was right. And the time is Now!!!

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Francois Photography - November 26, 2013 - 3:02 am

We missed you Patrick. Love your work. Looking forward to see whatever you produce.

Enrique F. Ferrá - November 27, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Great photo and wise words Patrick. It is important not to lose focus of what is really important in life.

Anonymous - November 28, 2013 - 4:49 am

Your work is breathtaking! I was just flipping through photographer’s sites and when I saw your first photograph, I actually gasped and just stared, unable to move. Grand Canyon with snow dusted trees. Your words above apply to any passion, whether it be photography or school teacher or anything. Very wise and very well conveyed. I look forward to discovering more about your work. Thank you for sharing a part of your soul with us.

Hanging By A Moment – Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Here is a shot taken from my trip in Iceland. I think, It’s about time I start releasing these. Definitely a place I want to go back soon. You can spend months in this beautiful country and barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer…Definitely a true paradise for any nature lover. Thanks again to Súsanna Rós Westlund for all the help she gave us on this memorable trip. Tech Spec: Canon 5D MK II – Nikon 14-24 Lens with adaptor. ND Grad 0.9 Formatt Hitech Filters

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King of the World – Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

I’m the King of the World!!!! Well, Not really!! Simply having fun here taking long exposures at night. This was taken at around 11:30PM on the night of the full moon at Lake Louise. Sometimes it can be lots of fun to try things not knowing what the outcome will be. I had a great time with my good friend Milton Sanderson trying all sorts of things..I knew I wouldn’t get any masterpieces but ended up with great memories which is just as good if not better.profilelakelouise

Long Way Home – Streymoy, Faroe Islands

Here is a shot taken from my last trip in the amazing Faroe Islands. This is literally a “Hidden World” everyone should have the chance to see at least once in their life. Shooting in the Faroes was definitely not easy. The weather can change rapidly (cold, high winds, rain, snow) but this often create spectacular lighting perfect for landscape photography…Well that’s if you are lucky enough to capture it without having you lens covered in raindrops or snowflakes.  I don’t normally include human elements on most of my images but here, I think the road added a sense of scale and helps transport the viewer to this wonderful location. I would like to thank Súsanna Sørensen once again for giving me the opportunity to visit this incredible place..These are memories I will cherish forever.

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The End Where I Begin – Lake Louise, Alberta

The meaning behind the title is a bit similar to the previous one…This is the end of my “coma” and the beginning of when I begin to live again 
This was taken early morning…My initial plan was to shoot the famous Lake Louise but due to the thick heavy fog that was covering the entire area that morning, I could hardly see in front of me. So, instead, I decided to venture in the forest nearby and was amazed by the beauty I was witnessing…It literally seemed like scenes from Narnia. The early snowfall added just the right touch to this already beautiful location.

Our world is such a beautiful place, we are often so preoccupied with our daily lives that we completely forget to stop for a moment, look and appreciate how lucky we are to live on such an amazing planet.

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Patricia Davies - June 10, 2014 - 2:52 pm

I am getting this title tattooed on my arm. And this photo will hang in front of my bed, so when I open my eyes it will be the first thing I see. THANK YOU, for the inspiration.

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