Lizzy Gadd: The Nature of a Self-Portrait Artist— SmugMug Films

Lizzy Gadd: The Nature of a Self-Portrait Artist— SmugMug Films


We’re at the quarry and we were here
yesterday scouting some stuff. We fell in love with it and now we’re back
here at sunrise. Woke up at 4:00 a.m. to get here. It’s like a playground, playground for photographers. For me being in the wilderness brings a sense
of calm that I can’t quite find anywhere else. It’s a place where life’s frenetic pace
loses its grasp on my thoughts and become no more than simple distractions that
fall to the wayside and then I’m just simply there, present. It’s where I can
allow myself a freedom, a time without inhibition to reflect, replenish, heal. To
create. It’s a world where beauty is boundless and never fails to leave me
awestruck. I’m Lizzy Gadd, and I’m a photographer. When I think of Scotland I think of the
Highlands. The rugged mountains under wide dramatic
skies. Beautifully barren yet so full of story both past and potential. Its places
like this that draw me in and where I can lose myself to my imagination while
wandering through these wild, raw wondrous landscapes. We’re here on the
Isle of Skye. I’ve always wanted to explore this place and photograph lots
of these majestic locations. I love the mountains, the moss the trees. It can be
vast and majestic or just these little intimate spots and the forest and the
bluebells the lambs running around – all of it speaks to me. I love it. I guess I’d
call myself a self-portrait landscape photographer cameras low so I could get this
foreground grass I think it’ll be pretty cool I hope. Simply put I hike out into nature, set up my camera and I take
selfies but with an artistic spin, an ethereal twist. Literally sitting in sheep shit but, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. Since I was a kid I’ve always loved
being creative. I was into drawing and painting and when I started taking
photos when I was about 12, I not truly gravitated towards the things I love
most, my first love of Mother Nature – landscapes. About 10 years ago I took on
a year-long self portrait project. Towards the end of that project I
started using nature as a backdrop. I started venturing out further and
further into the mountains to take these self-portraits and in doing so something
clicked. As much as I love the purity of
landscape photos my imagination really starts to soar when I add that human
element. This was more than just a project I realized, this is something
that I needed to continue doing. When I’m out venturing exploring the
landscapes and various environments I encounter and differ drastically from a
small intimate feel to grand sweeping vistas. Much of that just comes from
spending the time and exploring immersing myself. My primary goal is to
be among the trees, the trails, the mountains and appreciate my surroundings
through my own eyes rather than a camera lens. But I still almost always go into
nature prepared. Today packing the typical red dress and gold dress just in
case also got green dress. We’ll see what we can do.. I think I’m gonna shoot it’s good here. I’m
just cutting out the best spot to shoot from. I’m thinking I gotta try a longer
lens and drop it in on that cliff so there’s just mountain in the background
and those guys. I’ll try some beach and sky too, you see what works. I certainly find a sense of freedom in
the solitude of self-portraiture. I’m most often alone when shooting these
photos and I find it to be a therapeutic sort of experience where I can channel
my emotions and my mood into my work. Then once I’m in front of the camera I
tend to forget about everything else it could be snowing or freezing winds or
hailing, but I sort of just tune out the discomfort and I accept and embrace it
all if anything it makes me feel more alive. And in a way that’s what photography
allows me to do, feel more alive. It allows me to really live wholeheartedly.
It’s opened me up to new ideas and new perspectives. It feels special almost
sacred to notice the things I would have otherwise missed with the wilderness, the world and myself. I’m Lizzy Gadd, and I’m a photographer.

76 thoughts on “Lizzy Gadd: The Nature of a Self-Portrait Artist— SmugMug Films

  1. Every singe time I am left speechless because the quality of your videos is just over the top. Congrats guys, you make (in my opinion) hands down the best videos in your field! I am hoping to reach your level one day.

  2. Some of those images you are so close to the edge. I'm so out of balance I can almost feel I'm falling or going to slip. Stay safe.

  3. wow – you are good. IDK how U can get your camera set up like that without needing a separate human operator!

  4. Awesome landscape through your vid!

  5. I loved it. I've followed your work for quite a while, and it was nice to finally hear a voice as well. It's obvious you follow your own heart, because it shows in your photography. Keep being you.

  6. Stunning video! Love these portraits of amazing artists. Beautiful and breathtaking! Who made the video? Anton Lorimer?

  7. I follow you on IG already. Excellent work and great to see you in a video in Scotland.

    I was intrigued on how you take your photos. Looked like a cable release on the camera in some shots. Do you use a remote trigger or set the camera on repeat interval shooting?

  8. I subscribed to your channel. Beauty is charm, and the highest state is beauty. Like your channel. You use the camera, I will also use the watercolor tool.

  9. Very good work and approach of a raw and wonderful scenery and a human communion with it. Something to reflect about in the best of our nature and where we should belong.

  10. What can I say…. simply amaizing, the qualaty, the mood, the history, amaizing!!! The photographer, amaizing work, that landscape portraits are delicious, you got another fan 😊

  11. You have just raised the bar for me … and here i thought you HAD to be photoshopped into some of your photos all this time on instagram! Now all i have to do is grow my hair … your hair really adds to the drama. Thanks for sharing with Smugmug, and with us!

  12. I've been following Lizzy's work for years and paid for a year on her Flickr account around 5-6 years ago. Her works was great then and is just breathtaking at this point. I'm definitely hoping for a coffee table book of her images at some point in the future. Great video on her!

  13. Beautiful ! I wish I was as half as good looking as Lizzy. Thats why my radio face remains behind the camera 🙂

  14. БРАВО ЛИЗИ, КАПА ДОЛЕ / BRAVO LIZZY, HATS OFF TO YOU & DOWN !!! 🖤 ❤ 🖤

    Hails, the best wishes in life, God bless you always & Cheers from the capital Belgrade of Serbia 👍🏼🇷🇸🥂

  15. I am wondering, how can you leave your expensive camera and, lenses and tripod like that to take selfie based landscape photography. I don't even move a inch from it as I have fear of losing the camera or someone stealing it. Kudos to your brave heart..

  16. You are my idol !I'm always finding you ,I'm a Chinese student. I saw your works when I was in University 。I want learn from you !Cause I love nature and animal too !your pictures are very meaningful !inspiring me a lot !Thank you very much !I'm in New Zealand now ,I want to take a picture like yours one day !

  17. Kudos on sharpening your vision and the craft that lets you communicate that to the rest of the viewing public. Elsewhere I have read Skye is often overrun by people with lenses who trample the routes but otherwise contribute little materially to the livelihoods of local people. So you've done well to portray spaces and moments that seem little worse for the wear, and the sustained effort you spend there surely does involve some benefit to the local economy, as well, not to mention the beauty of the place you capture for all of us far away.

  18. How she shots her pictures by far distances like that? Seems like she didn’t use any remote. How the camera can focus exactly on her face?

  19. Each time Anton Lorimer and SmugMug profile an artist like Lizzy, I wonder how it's possible to create cinematography worthy of photos as stunning as hers. And yet they managed to craft a masterpiece again. I am in awe.

  20. That it's really inspirational movie, but there is not much practical advises is it? 🙂 Like, how did she trigger the camera or how she focus on her self?
    Thank you in advance.

  21. Anton you do amazing work my friend. Will you ever upload more videos to your own YouTube channel? I would love to see some of your process of creating these amazing vids. Juan

  22. almost (?!) sacred !! Indeed. Thank you for sharing, embracing and living in your gift. By walking the path you show the way…

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