Pressing On with Pressed Landscapes

That’s the thing with personal projects. They get done when you have time.

Willow on Windy Point

Life at Windy Point. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Despite pushing my deadline back, I’ve been chipping away at the Pressed Landscapes project all fall – here are some results. I plan to kick things up a bit over winter and  maybe even finish! Luckily, the project has been very enjoyable to me. I think that’s because I’m truly in love with my subject matter. Some may not understand the attraction – after all, it’s just dirt, grass, rocks and trees. On the other hand, what is a grand landscape photo anyway? Even Ansel Adams’ Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico is made up of…dirt, rocks, trees. Even the buildings and crosses are from mud and wood. The sum is always greater than the discrete parts when translated through an open heart and good hands. That’s what I’m aiming for with this project.

Aspen trees, Kootenay Plains

High water at Abraham Lake. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Lodgepole pine, North Saskatchewan River

Lodgepole and the North Saskatchewan. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Aspen tree trunks, Abraham Lake,

Aperture is da bomb. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Steep slope and wolf willow

Surprisingly, from Johnson Lake in Banff. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Fire burn, Kootenay Plains

The camera you have with you…point ‘n shoot of Kootenay Plains burn. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

North Saskatchewan pool

Pressed pools. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

Lodgepole pine, North Saskatchewan

Tilted pine. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

I’ve received feedback from some of you that you find the idea interesting and are keen to see how it unfolds. Well, stay tuned! When we’re back and rested, I’ll be wrapping up this and some other photo projects and interested to hear what you think.

Fire burn, Kootenay Plains

Pressed to the breaking point. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

North Saskatchewan River and pine

Crystal blue mountain streams. ©Samantha Chrysanthou

About the Author

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. kenneth walters
    December 8, 2014

    Very interesting. I’m a believer in personal projects that may be out of the norm from what one might routinely do. Trying one myself right now. I look forward to seeing your further work in this project.

  2. charles rankin
    December 8, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. I needed to see photos of someone else work.

  3. hiro
    December 8, 2014

    I like 4 and 9.

  4. Dave Williamson
    December 9, 2014

    Some Im PRESSIVE images. Looking forward to your final portfolio.
    My current project is just to get out this winter and not hibernate with my camera. Challenging enough.

  5. Bonnie
    December 10, 2014

    The high water image is wonderful.

  6. Samantha Chrysanthou
    December 11, 2014

    Thanks everyone for commenting! We are back now from Antarctica so I’m eager to PRESS on (that’s for you, Dave) with this project!


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