18 In japan/ travel

shadows and horizons

Here the land bleeds into the horizon with only trees and  light to mark where one ends and the other begins. More than once i fall in love with the curve of a fence in the snow, or the shape of a line of trees.


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One of the biggest mistakes I made on the first photography workshop I did with David duChemin was not asking enough questions, fearing that it would seem that I didn’t have a clue. This time was different – I let joy be my guide instead of fear; I became a shadow – following Martin & David around, asking what they were doing and seeing… asking them to talk me through their process, then finding my way to the images I knew I could make into mine. Some were similar to theirs, though never the same. Some so different I wondered if we were in the same place.

Open and empty, my heart felt like it expanded to fill the white spaces. I became the wideness, the wildness, the beauty, the quiet, whilst also being the singer, the song, the laugher and the laughter.

I was the shadow and the horizon.

I am forever changed.


  • xanthe
    21/04/2013 at 09:15

    Wow…. these are stunning! so simple and breathtaking xx

  • jeanine
    19/03/2013 at 10:27

    i am in awe of these photos. they are like air, i can’t stop breathing them in. xoxo

  • gkgirl
    15/03/2013 at 17:57

    these are fabulous!

  • Ashley
    14/03/2013 at 04:56

    These are just amazing Leonie. Beautiful!

  • amanda {the habit of being}
    12/03/2013 at 20:41


    I’m absolutely gobsmacked.

  • michelle gd
    12/03/2013 at 18:18

    i am sitting here sighing, heart smiling.
    you have captured the wideness and wildness. *you* are beauty.

  • Jaime
    12/03/2013 at 05:32

    Just wait one moment, so I can breathe normally again.

    Absolutely exquisite!

    So simple, and so powerful.

  • Damon
    11/03/2013 at 19:41

    Like everyone else commenting I’m totally wowed by these images. Breakfast cereal almost fell out of my open mouth. I’d be over the moon if I managed just one of these shots.

    So glad you got to go. So glad about what it’s doing for you.

  • Lisa Field-Elliot
    11/03/2013 at 14:56

    I am in awe. And I want one of these on my wall. Love you so much.

  • Donna B
    10/03/2013 at 15:14

    Incredible. You absolutely need to sell prints of these. x

  • Bella
    10/03/2013 at 12:59

    Leonie… These are stunning…!
    Well done, my friend.

  • Jude
    10/03/2013 at 11:23

    Loooove the trees and shadows.

  • Wendy J
    10/03/2013 at 02:47

    Beautiful photos. Very evocative for me having grown up in snowy landscapes.

  • gotham girl
    10/03/2013 at 00:47

    I’ve been a follower for a while now…these captures are STUNNING! There are so many of these that I adore! GREAT job!

  • Andrew Baird
    09/03/2013 at 23:05

    Are you going to start selling prints Leonie or do a new book?

  • Di
    09/03/2013 at 19:39

    OhMyGod! You have nailed it. These are STUNNING.

  • Philippa
    09/03/2013 at 19:33

    Wow. You’re a poet with your camera too. xoxo

  • Jo
    09/03/2013 at 19:22

    Oh Leonie, these images take my breath away! Absolutely stunning! Xx