Pressed Landscapes – Out With the Girls

I was fortunate enough to visit eastern Alberta with some friends last week. Gro and Rosana have both attended oopoomoo workshops in the past and they are awesome people and talented shooters — I feel privileged to call them my friends!

Portrait with the girls, Gro and Rosana

Portrait with the girls: Gro, Rosana and me – ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Of course, there was a lot of discussion between shooting all day…sometimes a drop of wine in the evenings after a long day. One topic that stood out for me was a reminder about how it can be hard to go out to shoot on your own, especially for women. They may not feel confident about the location, worried about wildlife (both the four- and two-legged varieties) or feel guilty about taking the time away from family or work. I know I feel these things as well sometimes. So it can be such a boost to creativity to have a friend or two to head out with both for inspiration and validation. Although much of my work took in the fabulous wide skies of the prairie, I managed to shoot a few pressed landscapes for my project.

farm pond

Little farm pond – ©Samantha Chrysanthou


Abandoned – ©Samantha Chrysanthou

So, the moral is, if you feel anxious or shy about shooting on your own, find a friend! I will be looking for shooting buddies when at Aurum Lodge as an Artist in Residence (hint hint!).

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Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!


  1. Donnie
    May 19, 2014

    Good thing you gals are standing on this side of that precarious looking barn. 🙂

  2. Rosana
    May 19, 2014

    Samantha, I too feel very privileged to call you my friend!

    It was such a fun time – I think we should make this an yearly event.

  3. Allison
    May 20, 2014

    I love shooting with buddies….

  4. Stephen Dyck
    May 20, 2014

    I find your comment about women lacking self confidence in the field interesting. I have never though of that but you may be right. I live in Haines Junction Yukon and in response to your statement I would enjoy escorting groups of photographers on field trips in exchange for learning from them. in turn I would offer them some insite to good places for wildlife and historical places seldom visited my e-mail is

  5. Dee
    May 21, 2014

    You’ve made a really good point and highlighted an issue I struggle with. I drag my partner out once a week on photo trips but anything more and I’m on my own. Often I’ll talk myself out of going somewhere for fear of having my kit pinched, or falling over and breaking something (e.g. Me), or if I go out, I’ll worry about there being nobody to warn me that my local coyote is about to bite my bum while I photograph the crocuses (it’s a real fear!). I don’t think I was really conscious of how much it is holding me back. Definitely something to work on, thanks Samantha.


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