There is one element that can improve almost any landscape image: a human being.
I went to Jordan to do a story on child refugees fleeing Iraq and, after spending some time in Amman working on it, I hired a car to go to Petra. It is so famous, you have to see it a least once in your life. From a photography point of view, of course, its fame makes it very hard to get an original image, so I walked away from the crowds to look for inspiration in the landscape.
Any landscape, unless it is very dramatic, needs a human figure in it to come to life. So when I saw this man on a horse (below), I seized the opportunity. Without him, it would be a very dull image. I was lucky; if I had waited for someone, I might have been there for hours.
The same is also true of the family in front of their house (above). It may look posed but they were actually just standing there when I came past. I went to talk to them after I took their photo, and they were very welcoming. They invited me in to look at their home. Inside, it is just a one-room cave, nicely furnished like any other house, but very cold. Their hospitality could not have been warmer, though.
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