Photos of the Day: Photographer Puts Everyday “Selfies” to Shame.
“These are the stunning shots of one photographer who is putting everyday “selfies” to shame. Paul Zizka, 34, began experimenting with night photography just two years ago and immediately became fascinated with the spectacular scenes he discovered. To create something more unique he started adding himself into the shot – as well as showing others the beautiful surroundings he had been exploring. Using lengthy exposure, the photographer felt that featuring himself in some of his shots – the night sky illuminating the mountains around him – created a relationship between the central figure in the image and the nature around him”. – Caters News
The photos are dark and dramatic, some featuring frozen ice falls, some the aurora borealis and some the Milky Way — and all with the craggy mountains as a backdrop.
They look unwordly, like something dreamed up on a computer screen — but the photographer says they’re all real life images, with no cut-and-paste trickery, and only minor post-production tweaks to perfect the scene.
In one, Zizka is standing waist deep in the frigid waters of Lake Minnewanka, forced to stay as still as possible as the 30-second tripod exposure was taken.
Wearing hip waders to protect against the chilly water, Zizka said all was well for the first 20-or-so shots, but on the last he waded out a little too far.
“I’m standing there and suddenly I can feel the water trickling over the edge of the waders — I couldn’t move or it would ruin the shot,” he said.
Soaked socks and shivers are about as bad as it gets. Despite the oohs and ahhs of a European press, Zizka says there really isn’t much danger in wandering alone in the mountains at night.
“I’m usually alone, so I don’t gamble or take risks — and I’m really familiar with the area,” he said.
“Around Lake Minnewanka, I know every foot.”
The word “selfie” keeps cropping up as a way to describe the 34-year-old photographer’s signature element, which is to place a single person in every picture.
But selfie diminishes the shots, putting them in same realm as teenage girls snapping a self-portrait in front of their bathroom mirror.
These photos are pure art, and the person in the frame is to lend the image perspective and a sense of awe.
“People have told me the person in the photo makes them feel ‘like I’m there’ — and I also think it helps convey something different than the straight landscape shot,” said Zizka.
For more of Zizka’s work, go to zizka.ca
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