Paul Osgood Photography
In 1979, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented an exhibition of Eliot Porter's color landscape photographs. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of landscape photography, far removed from the typical snapshots of National Parks I had seen so often. For the past 30 years I have traveled around the United States to capture its beauty. Some of my images are of the "grand landscape," showing nature in its maximum splendor. Others are what Eliot Porter called the "intimate landscape," more humble scenes, that people generally walk by without noticing. Often, capturing a grand landscape requires many visits to the scene and hours of patient waiting for the best light and atmospheric conditions. While waiting for the soft and subtle light that occurs at either end of the day, I spend time seeking out more intimate compositions. As tourists, we all notice the landscapes that shout "Look at me," but often fail to see the beauty in nature's soft whispers.