Charlie Waite is a prominent English landscape photographer. His careful attention to lighting and color has made his works highly sought after, and his international content appeals to a broad audience.
For nearly a decade of his professional life, Charlie Waite worked in theater and television. While this time was not spent dedicated to photography, it was theater and television production that first led to Waite’s fascination with lighting and design. Waite’s father was a primary influence in his life. His father had an interest in photography, and he subtly encouraged Waite by lending him his cameras. Waite initially photographed only actors, but after his time in theater and television ended, he moved to landscapes.
The landscapes presented in Waite’s photography are the result of a keen eye for lighting, color, and contrast. Both his patience when photographing and his careful composition show in the serene, calm portrayals of his subjects. Many critics have referred to Waite’s landscapes as spiritual. Some of Waite’s most famous pieces involve scenes of repetitive, organized foliage. The simple lines and long perspective of the images create a sense of order and grandeur. Nr Epernay, Frace depicts long rows in a farmer’s field. The greens and yellows of the plants shine in perfect light, putting focus on the individual elements, while the low perspective implies a grander image. The Somme, Verdun, France presents another image of straight lines with open space. Rows of trees border a field of tall grasses. The sky is highlighted, and the long corridor of trees reaches into the distance. Both images demonstrate the serenity and spirituality Waite is known for. Lighting is also an important factor in Waite’s work. He has stated that he will wait for hours or days for the perfect lighting before photographing. Works like Nafplion, Peloponnese, Greece demonstrate Waite’s keen eye for lighting and his patience. The setting sun is perfectly placed against the horizon, and its failing rays stream out across the dark clouds. This use of natural light is a nod to spirituality and the heavenly quality of light. Careful attention to color also adds to Waite’s popularity. Corfu, Greece, with its brilliant aquamarine sea beneath dark, nearly black clouds, displays Waite’s use of color and contrast in his photography. The cool of the sea contrasts with the dark colors of the sky, highlighting the beauty of both.
- Waite dropped out of school at sixteen.
- Waite once left his mother sitting in the car for eight hours while he got the perfect shot.
- Waite was commissioned to do his first book by the owner of a house he and his wife were considering purchasing.