Photography has a different meaning to almost every photographer. We may learn from one another but it is our style and vision that makes us unique to the the others out there. In this video, Paul Zizka travels out to Greenland to photograph the beauty of the "big white island," a place that not many get to see.
In the video he explains what brings him out there and why he is so interested in photographing such a place. While capturing these beautiful, bigger than life landscapes, Paul emphasizes the importance of adding the human element to his photography to help create a sense of scale and vulnerability for the viewer. On his journey, he searches for ice caps, waits for the aurora and camps out in the freezing cold as he travels day by day through this country.
Paul explains that visiting this location isn't very common and that there are a lot of things that can go wrong as he is pretty much on his own with his small crew. He was driven to photograph Greenland because of his love for these wild places. As the video goes on, he continues to speak about how it is nice to get away from the real world and be out in the wilderness where there is no internet, social media or option to edit photos and post them. To him, this is something that takes him back to his roots and reminds him why he started photography in the first place.
As a photographer myself, I can really appreciate this because as I said before, photography has a different meaning for everyone and to see Paul travel this far to document the Ice and Landscape out in Greenland really takes a lot. He mentions that the only way to photograph a place like this is to actually go out and spend the time doing it; he even speaks about how he is taking a risk being out there that he misses his family more and more each day.
The most important thing for Paul is how he is able to go somewhere and be stuck with his own thoughts and creative process as it inspires him to just shoot what he finds interesting. The idea of finding yourself as a photographer does require time and I think that this video should be a message to anyone looking to pursue something with photography. We can all go out there and find something we like to do, but the most important part is the reason behind us doing it. Without that, what are we doing it for?
For more of Paul's work, check out his website.