“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
For over 10 years, photographer Richard Waite has been traveling around the world, seeking out the most remote (and extraordinary) landscapes that the Earth has to offer. The globe-spanning project began when Waite was commissioned by the private equity firm Terma Firma to produce a large-scale artwork for the lobby of their new office. Given the assignment to "encapsulate the feeling of Terra Firma," Waite began what would become a decade-plus journey around the world. Although that initial assignment has long been completed, Waite continues under the same mission and now has an impressive body of work to show for it.
In the past, the arts had such benefactors as the Church and the King. Although these institutions were seeking only to glorify themselves, they unwittingly bequeathed onto history some of humanity's greatest creative works. While those days are largely gone, it is heartening to see private wealth put to use in such an inspiring fashion today.
Editor's Note: theprintspace gallery in London is hosting an exhibition of these landscapes. The private view will happen on Thursday, January 22, from 7-10 PM. The show will then be open from Friday, January 23 until Thursday, February 5. For more information, be sure to visit their LensCulture profile below.