New Photo: Reindeer on White

December 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Announcing a new photo, available to order in print: "Reindeer on White".

Reindeer on WhiteReindeer on WhitePhotographed in the snow of Finnish Lapland. He was a handsome beast, and a great subject. I was very happy to catch the eye contact here, which elevates this portrait, in my view. I also like the tension created from the trailing leg; clipped from view, as he walks into shot with apparent complicity.
Photographed in high-key portrait style, to maximise the graphical impact and retain a clean bright aesthetic.

I photographed this reindeer in the snow-covered landscape of Lapland, Finland. I'm really pleased with the result. It's another high-key portrait, and part of my "On White" project.

What I like most about this shot is the feeling of movement. When I photograph deer, I tend to prefer them stood still, but this photo captures the essence of reindeer and their instinct to stay on the move all the time. I love the tension created by the back leg being clipped from the frame as the subject walks into the scene, acknowledging the viewer, whilst ever on the move. And the icing on the cake is the eye contact. It shows an awareness of me and the camera, and complicity for this portrait, which he appears happy to star in. 

I took this photo on a frozen winter morning, with the temperature around -12°C. Reindeer are an incredible species, that can tolerate much colder temperatures without the layers of fleece, wool, and down feathers I was wrapped in. Their large hooves spread their weight, to prevent them from sinking into the snow with each step. Tendons in their ankles click as they walk, to help the herd stay together during the long hours of darkness in the northern wilderness. Also known as 'caribou' in North America, reindeer migrate in herds of tens or hundreds of thousands, between remote mountains in the summer, and lowland forests in the winter, creating one of the most incredible spectacles in nature. Here in Europe, reindeer are central to the culture of the Sámi people of Lapland, who have relied on them for thousands of years.

I've added this photo to my website, and it's available to order now. For more information about prints, click here.

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Post by George Wheelhouse, 2018.

 


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