Sublime Nature
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Sublime Nature

Around 10 years ago I saw my first rotating storm in the USA. The power of the elements really belittled me.
Looking back it was my first experience with 'the sublime' in Nature.

'The sublime' is an aesthetic concept of the exalted, of beauty that is grand and dangerous.
Through 18th and 19th century European intellectual tradition, 'the sublime' became intimately associated with nature.

Romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich and Joseph Mallord William Turner heavily inspired me to photograph the power of mother nature and the insignificance of man. I find 'the sublime' in nature not only in towering motherships over small cities but also in strangling trees at the ancient Angkor Wat temples and thundering waterfalls.

Erik Hijweege