What do you photograph when there’s nothing to take pictures of? That’s the dilemma photographers face in a brown winter landscape. After the oranges and reds of fall, but before the yellows and blues of spring, there’s a period when other factors must come to the fore in order to create an image—elements such as texture, shape, and uniqueness. Most recently, I found myself in Upper Purgatory challenged with just this task: finding something beautiful in a seemingly monochromatic landscape. What follows is a series of photographs depicting a vibrant ecosystem at rest.
Photos and text by Susan Hanson, editor of The Loop and SMGA Board Member.