Torres del Paine national park in the heart of Chilean Patagonia is an old friend.
I’ve been coming here since 2003. Visiting old friends can often find oneself repeating the same stories and the same encounters. There is sometimes nothing new to develop in the friendship, but just being in each others company is still very beneficial.
My photography has gone through many changes over the years, and I often wonder ‘will I be able to photograph Torres del Paine in a new way?', or will I revert back to old habits?’.
I think that visiting the same landscape over many years can be a great barometer in ones own development. I feel as if I am able to see new things in a landscape that is now very familiar to me. It’s encouraging to note that I’m changing.
I also think that we are the accumulation of our experiences. I’m sure, when I look at these images of Torres del Paine that I see a little of my Hokkaido work in there. The subtle sensibilities I’ve build up by working in such a quiet landscape have allowed me to see Torres in a similarly quiet way also.
One thing leads to another, and through our journeys, we come out the other side changed. Always for the better.