The Hills, New Zealand
I travelled around the world to get this photograph, but it was worth it. The Hills on New Zealand’s South Island is a strange and private place where a beautiful mountain golf course meets abstract art in the form of a series of installations that weave themselves into the flow of the routing. Although I incorporated many of the artworks into my shots, I was increasingly drawn to the high peaks that provided jaw-dropping backdrops to almost every hole with many greens framed by ragged edges and steep facades. I wanted to link the golf to this imposing geography by compressing the image using a long lens. This image is actually two images joined together to create a wide-angle, telephoto shot; if there is such a thing! For me, it encapsulates the bond between the golf course and the stunning mountains that surround it.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
1/160 sec, f/14, ISO 100