5 Years of Photographic Excellence

   Terra Quantum has been launched with the goal of gathering the most beautiful pictures of our planet and of providing an international reference for exceptional landscape photography.
To achieve this excellence, a permanent jury carefully considers each photo that is submitted to decide whether it will be published on the site. 3 years later we are happy to welcome a community of 1200 registered members. Among them, 300 photographers from around the world have published a total of around 800 images.

News

Selection of September 2020: Old Friends... by Caterina Mrenes
Nov 21, 2020

A beautiful and moving journey into memories of childhood… this so aesthetic image comes along wi...

Talk #3 Seeing Colours and Tones
Nov 01, 2020

Red, orange and yellow - stimulating and exciting; blue, turquoise and green - calming and relaxi...

Selection of August 2020: Prologue by Hirotaka Shindo
Nov 01, 2020

A peaceful and meditative atmosphere along with an uncompromising composition and a delicate graphism.

An Interview with Sue Trower by Beata Moore
Oct 05, 2020

Sue Trower was born and continues to live in Jersey, part of the Channel Islands off the northern coast of France. She took up photography seriously about 15 years ago with the purchase of her first digital camera. Sue was the official photographer for a number of years for the island Championship rugby side, the Jersey Reds, and still enjoys sports photography including surfing. Now Sue concen...

Selection of July 2020: Flow III by Lionel Fellay
Oct 03, 2020

Spectacular image by Lionel who has succeeded to overcome difficult photographic conditions. The ...

Selection of June 2020: Ethereal Country by Matthieu Krieger
Sep 02, 2020

A fantastic atmosphere that has been caught by Matthieu after many attempts, illustrating how per...

Tribute

IN 1968 I DROVE WITH SOME FRIENDS along old Highway 163 south of Moab where I noticed a sign for a road heading west to the Needles and Anticline Overlooks. Passing such road signs or seeing interesting trails or roads on a map filled me with the desire to explore these unknown places, and I promised myself I would return to the Canyon Country and spend my life seeking out these hidden treasures of silence, stone, and sunburnt majesty.

Now, forty years later, I've done pretty well. I've run all the rivers many, many times, risking life and limb in the process, I hiked hundreds of narrow defiles and swam in water that was dangerously frigid. I visited many canyons where water, rushing from springs, walls, waterfalls and seeps was the main ingredient, creating the lush sandstone temples and cathedrals that dazzle the mind and heart. I hiked with a 45 pound camera pack hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles. I gazed into the abyss and it gazed into me.

I marveled at the work and artistry of the ancients, whose remnants add so much mystery and mood to an already unfathomable landscape. I crawled on my hands and knees countless times, every time thinking of Ed Abbey’s admonishment to do so to really bond with the Colorado Plateau desert. Some people have seen more than I, but not many.

The Canyons of Utah have been photographed a great deal. Inspired by the younger generation, many of whom see photography as a more painterly and impressionistic art form than my generation, I’ve experimented a little with a few of the images here. I don’t believe that the beauty of Utah Canyons needs to be improved by photography but I do believe that the Canyons can be interpreted by photography in different ways.

One thing has not changed. The Canyons of Utah are under constant attack. The ethereal light that bathes them in an other-worldly glow is weakened and strangled at times by dirty air coming from a variety of man-made sources. People now come to these places with no thought of their beauty and fragility. They are unprepared to accept the sand stone majesty and the scope of a landscape so much bigger and more complex than anything they have encountered in their 21st century life.

As we enter the second decade of the new century, there are some signs of hope. Local politicians have in some cases, seen that wilderness and national parks are not liabilities but assets, and that many who initially oppose such land designations find themselves changing their mind as time passes. I believe many of my neighbors in Southern Utah who say they love the land as much as anyone and want to save it unsullied for future generations to enjoy.

Tom Till