Having looked at Renderosity member Karmasong 's photo, you feel at peace in the world. I mean, at least, that's how I felt when I saw it, so I reached out and asked Karmasong more about it.
The backstory behind the photo.
The skyline of this southern part of the Vosges mountains in the east of France is very familiar to me, as I live only 5 minutes driving from this place, in the city of Belfort, an almost ordinary French small city comparable to many others, but nevertheless a city with a rich historical past. Belfort is today the place where the TGV (high-speed train) engines are manufactured and exported worldwide in different versions; it is also the place where essential parts of ship engines are made, for warships and vacation cruisers.
Besides, and to get back to my photo, the particular view that is featured here is exactly the one that can be seen every weekend by the locals looking for a peaceful Sunday outing, and every year by dozens of thousands of people attending the famous Eurockéennes music festival, a venue for professional music bands, whether popular or not, like David Bowie, The Cure, Midnight Oil, Björk, Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Lenny Kravitz and Moby, to name just a few artists... The festival is actually held on a stretch of land between two lakes and my photo is the view spectators listening to their favourite bands can have while attending the festival.
What inspired you to take it?
On this particular day, I noticed that the light was changing all the time and I decided to take my camera just in case an opportunity should arise for me to capture that incredible winter light a couple of hours before dusk.
What does this photo symbolize?
Having described this particular and familiar environment to me, I never tire of using my camera in this area, as it seems to take on a different aspect every time I come here, walking or cycling, depending on the season, the time of day and weather conditions. It reminds me of what people attached to a specific little area say about it, that even though nothing seems to be moving or changing in the landscape itself, other factors contribute to making the view different every day, and that is what makes people feel close to one particular area, among other reasons, of course.
What is the meaning behind the photo?
The meaning of this photo will be different for me from what it could mean to anyone else looking at this view because I have captured one particular atmosphere of the place that will impress or attract the viewer, knowing that this atmosphere will be quite different the next day. In this particular photo, like in many others of my gallery on Renderosity, my main interest is to capture, not the shape of a monument or something immediately noticeable or spectacular, but above all the light that prevails over the place or object I am shooting. Doesn't the word 'photography' come from the Greek language, meaning 'the writing of light?' This is what a good photo is about, for me, above all the light, the atmosphere, then the subject.
Why did you decide to take it?
Beauty and places of interest are everywhere and my fascination for photography originates from my desire to see as many different places on this planet while I can afford to do it, but with this particular photo which features an all too familiar spot in my own environment and a place I never grow tired of looking at. I thought this familiar view could be of interest for the photographers of the site, among whom there are many travellers or persons having a liking for nature and a real concern for our environment worldwide. Posting a photograph may be an act of sharing something with the right people, I mean, those who think that there's always something positive in sharing rather than gathering, collecting the maximum 'comments' and kudos so as to go up the rungs of success in the charts and contests on Renderosity!