Amazing Nature

By Jamie Smith


A landscape photographer turned the camera on himself to take a set incredible selfies whilst visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Paul Zizka, 39, from Alberta, Canada, has been a photographer for nine years, and felt him featuring in his own pictures would emphasise the nature surrounding him and create a more unique shot.

The creative snapper has taken pictures of himself while camping on the Greenlandic Icecap, crossing the Antarctic Circle, standing under the Milky Way in the Gobi Desert and most recently earlier this month at Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park, Canada.

While all are self portraits, none are traditional selfies taken while holding the camera as he uses the equipment’s self timer mode before walking into the frame.

Discussing his Wapta Falls selfie, Paul said: “This is was an image I’d been dreaming about for a long, long time, and it finally all came together in the early hours of the morning of August 6.

“It was definitely a tricky self-portrait that got me soaked in seconds.

“I decided I wanted to put myself in the image, atop of the rocky mound seen in the shot which required me to set the timer on my camera and put myself in the scene.

“I had to wade through the river at the bottom and scramble up the wet rocks then hold still long enough for the shot; I was soaked through but I’m glad I finally managed to see this one come to life.”

Paul is hoping to next visit places like Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, Kamchatka, and Karakoram to complete his selfie collection.

Using lengthy exposure, he felt featuring himself in some of his shots created a relationship between the central figure in the image and the nature around him.

He added: “How long each selfie takes to execute completely depends on the shot and how far away I am from the camera.

“Sometimes it’s just a matter of setting the timer and walking a few steps into the frame.

“Other times, I might need to traverse a ridgeline while the camera shoots continuously, snapping images as I enter the frame.”