"Instinct tells us what to do long before our minds even understand....."

~ Brande Lane


How do you get to the state where your mind is a blank slate and you can truely listen to your inner self? How do you listen to instinct?  A question I believe you need to find the answer too.  This is because our rational logical minds take over all to readily.  It can take me over a year for me to understand the art I am creating today, if I am truely working from my inner self.  Letting go of logic is very important and getting to that state.  So to ask again, how do you get there? 

Photograph and text copyright © Ln Metcalf 2017

 "Sometimes you've got to choose the aesthetic over the narrative."

President Barack Obama,


The last morning at the Lake District, after two full weeks of photography.  This trip to the UK was life changing.  It was on this trip that my heros became my peers.  I was welcomed into their community of landscape photographers with open arms. Friendships deepened and were cemented.  English light gently cradled Mother Nature in a way incomparable with the Australian light I was used too.  The memories of this trip etched firmly into my brain.  Memories that don't match the photographs, for while taking them I was somewhere else.  The photographs have to stand on their own aesthetic.   

Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017

"Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want."

~ Gustav Klimt


Hopewell, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand .  Taken on an invigorating afternoon stroll in the rain during a Freeman Paterson and Sally  Mason Workshop.  We had some free time and I wandered up this gully.  The rain gently fell and I was deeply connected with Mother Nature.  An incredibly productive afternoon.  

For me, photography is about the photographer.  The more I understand photography the more I believe this.  So I seek to understand myself through my photography.  I photograph for me.  The audience isn't on my mind at all. For my own joy.   

Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017

“I think that it is a sensual pleasure – image making. It’s not just the finished print which is sensual in terms of the tactile qualities of the materials that I use. I’m seduced by the light, all the time.”

– Elizabeth Opalenik


Frost burning off in the morning sun at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.  Taken during our Cradle Mountain Photography Tour many years ago. We were driving back to the Lodge for Breakfast and we saw the mist rising out the van window.  We pulled off and stood by the edge of the road photographing the spectacle unfolding in front of us.  Hopefully going next year.  It will be a workshop run from the Cradle Mountain Lodge.   

Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf 2017