AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
A trip to one of the windiest and most remote corners of Europe may sound like a lot of work, too. Roads can be tricky and conditions can be unforgiving for a single human being trying to make his way to the next hilltop while lugging a camera and tripod in the hope of capturing that perfect moment of light, shadows, elements, and time. Many will fail under such circumstances. In this sense, it is helpful not to expect too much, McCurry says.
“I try to keep an open mind and not over-prepare. I do have basic knowledge of the area when I go somewhere, but I don’t want to be disappointed through some preconceived idea of where I am going.”
And what if you do fail, after all? McCurry will know better than most that sometimes you simply just don’t get the shot. Some days, things simply don’t work out.
On those days, whether you’re hunting the next magazine cover at the fringes of society; braving the elements to meticulously set up your gear for that one magical moment during the golden hour; or as here, you find yourself in the windy Scottish hills at the feet of white giants; it might help to keep in mind that maybe, after all, they’re just pictures.
That might suggest that the human truth that has made McCurry’s photography an unparalleled success over the years is really about something else entirely. It could be about something as simple as the joy of the journey itself and the happiness it brings you.
“My happiest moments have been in the wilderness, in nature. Just being able to be there, alone, hear the sounds, look around you. Just being grateful to be alive in this incredible world that we live in,” he says. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”