Tuesday, April 27, 2010
You Wish You Were Here
Brandon Riza’s spectacular mountain photographs transport the viewer into the place and the moment. They’re invitations to adventure.
“That reminds me of the comparison people often make between Ed Viesturs and Jon Krakauer,” he posits. “One is a climber who writes well, the other, a writer who climbs well. I would say I go take pictures and I have to hike to do it—but the hikes require me to take pictures. I’m not sure if photography has taken center stage over mountaineering; for me, the two go hand in hand. I can’t do one without the other, and they complement each other unlike anything else. Mountaineering photography has definitely taken center stage in my life as a whole, though, to the detriment of my full-time job.”
Riza’s excitement is palpable. He creates big, beautiful landscapes of the awe-inspiring vistas he encounters as a sort of proof that he has been there. More than just a personal record, though, the photographs are intended to serve as inspiration to those who will get out and see what he has seen, as well as an invitation to those who won’t to live vicariously through him.
Given his excitement, it’s a little surprising that Riza’s photographs remain so sublimely simple and unaffected. Rather than boost saturation, contrast and drama, the photographer lets the natural drama of the place speak for itself. His pictures are highly detailed and devoid of any kind of visual gimmickry.
Images that are so scientific, down to the navigation coordinates that caption them, should be clinical and sterile, and yet for all of that plainspoken straightforwardness, the photographs are anything but dull. There’s something else at play here. Riza’s photography fills a viewer with a desire to be in that place at that time.
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