British photographer Charlie Waite has travelled the world, photographing unique and colourful landscapes. Here are his picks of the world’s greatest places for landscape photography, including Italy, Burm
1: Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, Italy (Charlie Waite)
Tuscany was the first place I went to with my landscape photography hat on, having been dumped by the acting profession after 10 years. I remember my mother always saying: “You’ve got to go and look at landscape paintings. Look at the Renaissance paintings and look, in particular, at lighting”.
As a consequence of her encouragement, I made a point of looking at how painters tried to produce the most wonderful lighting scenarios within their canvasses. I took that lighting education to Tuscany. I was trying to replicate images that were reminiscent of Italian renaissance paintings. It was the lighting that did it.
There’s an area that everyone knows, with Siena, Florence, Pisa and San Gimignano. But there’s an area to the south of those places that I find more appealing, places like San Quirico D’orcia and Montepulciano.
The landscape is clay and crumbly and very, very bumpy, I describe it as like an old schoolboy’s mattress: really, really lumpy and bumpy. Of course, you can get lovely light everywhere if you hang on. But what you get here is a greater sense of dimension. Every bump has a lumpy shadow, so you have the whole business of having lumpy highlights and shadows.