Kalle Kataila, ‘The Shepherd’, 2008, Aperture Foundation

"Although it may occasionally seem like the landscape is still, this is, of course, never the case. Through photography, I attempt to bring about stillness, a moment of singular contemplation that enables the viewer to reflect on our role as humans in the ever-changing diversity of our planet's landscapes."

"The photograph Shepherd depicts a desert-like landscape; where usually we expect wide-open skies, we are presented with a black void. As with other images in the Landscape and Contemplations series, it also features a strategically 'placed' figure that looks—as we the viewers do—out at the landscape. Surrealistically, this figure seems to be a shepherd who guards plastic chairs."

—Kalle Kataila

Paper size: 16 1/2 x 23 3/8 in.

Signature: Signed and numbered by the artist

About Kalle Kataila

Traveling around the world to such locales as Iceland, Lapland, Morocco, Spain, England, and Dubai, photographer Kalle Kataila makes melancholic landscape images that recall German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. In each image, a figure, sometimes Kataila himself, stands dwarfed by the majestic scenery, lost in silent contemplation. “I hope my photographs capture the experience of being present in a moment and observing the landscape in stillness.” Kataila explains. “I also hope that my photographs can help explore our relationship with the environment.”

Finnish, b. 1978, based in Helsinki, Finland