Art is a universal unifier, a mode of expression that transcends language, time, and place. The paintings, sculptures, and scribbles of humans born centuries ago inform much of what we know about the past and have helped to influence our lives today. Images of faraway places and foreign people capture our attention and influence how we form our thoughts, feelings, and understanding of the rest of the planet.
Our minds are powerful, and the art we produce and consume helps to inform our relationships with one another, ourselves, and the wider world. Thanks to art, we can connect and appreciate the diversity of the world without leaving home, and bring a piece of that place back after our world travels.
Fine art photography, in particular, can give you a window to the world. Max Foster, a master of travel photography, explores the world by capturing magnificent images. Whether focusing on city landscape photography or the splendors of the natural world, Max’s photos draw you in and make you feel like you are right there. Here, we’re sharing just a few images from Max’s world travels, and bringing you on a journey around the globe through fine art photographs.
Once Upon A Time in Southern Greenland
A rarely visited part of the world, Alluitsup Paa, in Southern Greenland, is a quiet fishing town with long-seeded roots leading back to ancient Norse settlers. Today, this tiny municipality is home to just over 200 people, a stark contrast to city life. Located on the southern tip of Greenland, the people of Alluitsup Paa enjoy bubbling hot springs and plentiful fishing year-round. Once Upon A Time offers a snapshot of life on the moss-covered rocks, brightly painted houses dotting the shoreline bordering the vast Labrador Sea.
Distant Memories in Vernazza, Italy
Vernazza is an ancient village in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. Careful preservation has kept Vernazza frozen in time, with zero car traffic and a community still practicing traditional Italian fishing methods. The tightly packed, colorful homes of Vernazza stand tall, though they pale in comparison to the cliffs and rocky mountains that surround the village to the East. Distant Memories captures Vernazza at night, the sun already sunk behind the ocean, and warm lights emanating from the welcoming homes.
Our Lady of Paris in Paris, France
Beyond the bright lights of the Eiffel Tower, along the banks of the Seine lie many of Paris’ most iconic and ancient landmarks. The Notre Dame Cathedral was built in the 12th century and is perhaps the world’s most famous Gothic cathedral. Imposing and angular, the spires of Notre Dame jut more than 200 feet in the air, scraping at the clouds and standing stark against the Paris sky. Captured at sunset from the river, Our Lady of Paris portrays a calm, stoic, sturdy Notre Dame, lit brightly with a warm golden glow befitting of the City of Lights.
New York Piers in NYC, New York
Even the city that never sleeps has its moments of tranquility. Just beyond the skyscrapers and bustle of endless activity are the New York Piers. The posts, long ago set into the murky waters that feed into the city’s rivers from the Atlantic Ocean, sit patiently, their sides made slick by the lapping water. Here, the water is calm and smooth, almost soft with the reflection of the sunset illuminating the surface.
Bridge of Light in San Francisco, California
Built in the 1930s, the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, California is one of the state’s busiest bridges, seeing nearly a quarter of a million drivers safely from one side to the other every day. At night, the bridge is brightly lit, a shining ribbon soaring above the San Francisco Bay. Spanning nearly 4.5 miles, it’s nearly impossible to see one end from the other, and from most angles, the bridge appears to disappear into the distance. Bridge of Light captures the Bay Bridge at night, the sky colored with deep shades of blue, purple, and orange. A remarkably romantic view of city traffic, Bridge of Light feels almost dreamlike.
Brilliant Depths in Alberta, Canada
Alberta’s largest national park, Jasper National Park is a stunning arctic wonderland. A rare icy landscape, Jasper National Park is home to expansive glaciers, deep lakes, and diverse wildlife. Abraham Lake is a reservoir created in the 1970s. A manmade lake with a controversial history, the lake was created by the construction of a dam, which caused a major flood on the Kootenay Plains.
Not having cleared the area or done any preparation for the flooding, Abraham Lake today is known for a fascinating natural phenomenon. The plants and organic materials caught in the flood release methane as they decay, creating enormous bubbles that freeze into the ice at cooler temperatures. Brilliant Depths captures this phenomenon beautifully, placing you on the surface of the lake as the sun rises.