The latest chapter of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, the most consistently spectacular photo contest in the world, has delivered an awe-inspiring collection of images spanning everything from fantasy-styled mountain vistas to foreboding volcanic eruptions.
That’s a collection of truly spectacular photos! These images are huge symphonies, so grand that I feel exhausted after viewing all thirty of them. Perhaps, I wonder, I prefer string quartets to giant symphonies. Each of these photos feels like the crescendo of a symphony, the glorious highpoint. The experience, for me, is like taking the big moments of thirty symphonies and cutting them all together into one presentation. Nothing but the highlights! When everything is loud there is no dynamic flow. I think what I am trying to say is that gloriousness can be exhausting.