Magazine article Geographical

Heaven on Earth

Magazine article Geographical

Heaven on Earth

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A selection of images from a new exhibition by celebrated landscape photographer Charlie Waite, whose images are renowned for their almost spiritual quality. Here, Charlie provides some insights into how he approaches his work

ABOVE: Loch Indaal, Islay, Scotland. 'When I first came upon these "celestial" cows, they were in a confused bunch and I needed to "stretch" them in keeping with the axis of the distant shore line. Over a period of an hour or so, they gradually complied and thankfully chose to remain paddling along the water's edge. Despite my silent pleas not to do so, and my concern that the photograph may lose its cohesion, a few stubbornly decided to lie down'; OPPOSITE: Ubain bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar. 'This woman took great pride in maintaining her sandy threshold. I looked for the moment when her figure was separated from the prows of the boats with a triangular shape arising from her broom and skirt slotting into a space between two of them'

ABOVE: Chicklade, Wiltshire, England. 'From his tractor, the farmer asked me what I was doing. I told him I was photographing the flax and oilseed rape flowering next to one another. "I'm the laughing stock of the farming community," he replied, "as I planted the rape late and it has flowered in June at the same time as the flax and it didn't ought to do that." Later, as I left, he grinned and bellowed across the tractor's growling engine that I would never see the same again. In 20 years, I never have'; OPPOSITE: Buttermere, Cumbria, England. 1 waited for nearly an hour as the clouds conspired to deny me the stab of light that I wanted. Finally, and for only about 15 seconds, the sun honoured the tree with oblique, warm autumnal light'

ABOVE: Marrakech, Morocco. 'Staircases have appealed to me for many years -1 suspect that the association must come from the one that was in my family home. I miss my "flying down the staircase" dreams'; OPPOSITE: Teba, Egypt. 'I had noticed the hotel gardener sweeping the bougainvillea petals from the swimming pool. The brittle petals had looked beautiful. The following day at dawn, I took a plastic bag and scooped up petals from the ground and sprinkled them back onto the pool's surface. …

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