6 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. 6 years later we are happy to welcome a large community with 400 photographers from around the world who have published a total of around 1500 images; each of them has been reviewed by the Terra Quantum international jury.

News

An Interview with Alessandro Carboni by Beata Moore
Aug 03, 2022

Alessandro Carboni is a landscape and nature photographer. His photographs have been awarded in the prestigious international nature photography competitions, such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He was born in Sardinia, grew up and still lives there ...

Selection of May 2022: Luminous Lands by Alex Noriega
Jul 29, 2022

This photo was not the result of specific research, but rather of spending lots of time in one of...

Selection of April 2022: untitled - Gheorghe Popa
Jun 22, 2022

I took this photo in January near my city in Vânători Neam Natural Park. At that time I was looki...

Talk # 9 What Makes Us Shine by Beata Moore
May 06, 2022

Photography can be a wonderful form of self-expression. Not only it allows to express ourselves, ...

Selection of March 2022: Color explosion – Valensole by Lionel Fellay
May 04, 2022

As we had plans for the way back to Switzerland, we decided to do a detour to visit Valensole. We...

An Interview with Caterina Mrenes by Beata Moore
Mar 31, 2022

Caterina is a hobby photographer based in Southern Germany and working as a label manager in the classical music industry. She started playing the piano at 5 and for twenty years that was her profession. In 2002 she received a scholarship at the Music University of Stuttgart, but in 2006 she abruptly decided to give up the profession of piano playing. It took some two and half more years to fin...

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