Well, Eric, I truly appreciate the pat on the back, but as John Maw put it in a different thread, let me agreeably disagree with the thrust of the argument. First, I'd suggest that street photography isn't always done in cities. But that's not really the point. One of Alexandre's finest nature shots is #6 in the landscape section of his gallery: "a peak in the Allgäu Alps." It's a splendid thing, reminiscent of some of the finest work done by our best painters when they first encountered the Rocky Mountains in the United States. It tells me about the beauty of our world and also about nature's unforgiving nature (to coin a phrase). But then look at numbers 4, 6, and 8 in his People section. All three of these could have fit nicely into Steichen's "Family of Man" show and catalog (the book of that name which is still in print after all these years). Number 7 in his Urban section would have gladdened Walker Evans's heart. Every time I look at a mountain shrouded in cloud I'm reminded how beautiful and unforgiving our natural world is. And I look at mountains shrouded in cloud almost every day because I live at the foot of Pikes Peak. But though the scene may vary the message is always the same. On the other hand, when I look at something like Alexandre's "Peruvian kids running for candy," I receive a transcendental flash that tells me something about myself and, at the risk of cliche: the human condition in general. Every one of those messages is different, perhaps because people are all different yet very much the same.
That's an extremely interesting point of view. As a photographer, and as I have tried to say in the statement, I have set myself a very simple goal: I want to share the beauty I see in the world. Nothing more. It so happens that, because probably of my character and my personal tastes, I find a lot of this beauty in the wild landscapes, and especially in mountains.
I have a feeling of having two different personae: on one hand, the photographer will simply tag along, a camera in hand, and record "beauty" wherever he can find it, be it on wild climbs or in the Copenhagen conference (though, since I spend quite a lot of time in the mountains, there is a statistical bias toward mountain images).
On the other hand, the viewer in me relates a lot more to some images rather than other. While I can appreciate the peruvian kids photo, it won't leave an everlasting mark in my memory. On the other hand, some of the climbing pictures, especially when they show how small humans are in comparison to the mountains, stir something very deep inside of me. But I completely understand that someone else, such as you, Russ, with other tastes, a different life experience and a different pair of eyes, will react in very different ways.
The photographer is happy to produce images of people. The viewer doesn't really care.