Into the wild with Alex Strohl
Alex Strohl’s photographs will take you to the edge of conceivability, the outer limits of what you thought you knew of the world: from the icy tundra of Canada and Iceland to South America’s Atacama Desert and the mountains of Patagonia.
Strohl was born in Madrid, Spain, but he got himself kicked out of school at the age of 15. His father bought land in rural southern France, which is where Strohl gained a love for nature and the outdoors. Today, Strohl is a photographer and entrepreneur who has worked with Apple and the Canadian Tourism Commission, among others.
The above photograph is from a collection titled “Patagonia,” in which Strohl’s lens serves as the viewer’s passport through the rugged, lush terrain of the southern South American region. Awe inspiring for their landscapes alone, Strohl’s compositions are also interesting in the way he often positions a human subject – in profile – in the center of the frame. It’s an approach not typically seen in traditional wildlife photography. This human element adds perspective to the wondrous backdrops, as do the miniaturized cottages and other subjects hidden in the distance, where they seem to be totally unaware of the camera. They are lost in the nature and the moment.
The decision to photograph people astride the natural world gives Strohl’s photographs a sense of transcendence, realizing these landscapes as tangible places in which to seek perspective in a modern world that is so readily attainable and geographically close. Never one to travel alone, Strohl stresses in interviews that he never shoots by himself. Through this approach, Strohl reveals to the viewer that these tranquil plots of land are not only for the lonely adventurer or professional photographer, but for any person willing to make the journey.