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When I began taking landscape photographs my primary interest was in capturing the scenery in front of the lens. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about? After several years I realised that few of the photographs I took really excited me and so I began to explore what was missing in either my technique or composition. It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with my images, they just didn’t match the need I felt to speak with an original voice.

Quite by chance I came across a quotation from Paul Klee’s “Creative Credo” in which he says: “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes visible.” Looking at my work I realised that it was merely reproducing what was in front of the lens. The images lacked, for want of a better term, a soul, and I knew that I had not yet found a voice with which to speak about landscape.

Losing faith in your own ability to capture images is one of the most difficult things a photographer has to face. Finding a voice is a deeply personal thing and no...

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Declan O’Neill is an Irish-born New Zealand landscape photographer. 10,000 of his books have been downloaded from the iTunes and Amazon stores. He writes articles on photography for several online sites, has had his articles translated into a number of languages, and he has been a photography book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books. He is now retired from commercial photography and stands his time on landscape photography and individual tuition field trips. You can see more of his work at
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