HOUGAARD MALANSouth Africa

    I bought my first digital SLR camera at the age of 19 and I instantly became obsessed. Within two years I changed my career plans of becoming an engineer or architect to pursuing a career in landscape photography. I am inspired by moments when the elements of nature combine as if painted by a god, to create scenes so beautiful that one has to take the time to stand back in awe and marvel at the beauty of the world we live in. I want my photos to remove the viewer from their present location and transport them to the scene so they can feel the wind and see the golden light of the setting sun on their skin. That is the purpose of a landscape photo, to experience the beauty of a place without being there. My style continues to develop and progress. I find that every time I go out into the landscape I see more opportunities for good photographs. With every shoot I am able to capture locations to a higher personal satisfaction and I learn something new every day.