Landscape Photography

“Photographs slice space into place; land is framed as landscape… Photography contributes to characterising sites as particular types of places within the order of things.” (Wells, 2011, p.56)

Landscape is essentially about exploring the relationships between the maker, their subjects and where they are, both geographically and spiritually or psychologically. .. Whether celebrated for its beauty and the bounties it provides or respected for its power and the challenges it presents, the different ways we’ve presented the landscape – and continue to present it – tell us above all, about the depth, range and contrasting values we place upon it. .. For the vast majority of people working with photography, whether as a tourist or within professional practice, the camera provides an opportunity to record, if not an accurate representation of the scene before them, then an enhanced interpretation of it. This reflects an urge – perhaps even an instinct – to tame the land, and in an abstract sense to take ownership of it. Jesse Alexander 2013 p22.

This blog is based on my studies for ‘Landscape’ OCA Photography Course Level 2 by Jesse Alexander 2013. It is part of my thinking through of my approach to landscape and landscape photography:

how do I  feel about and relate to my environment? how does photographic practice increase my awareness of the world around me? how do or should I react to the technological changes that are taking place in the ways people are affecting the environment? what is ‘beautiful’ or ‘ugly’? why?

why photography? what do I want to say? do I want to portray beauty (form, colour, light, wind and being alive)? sublime (the awe of it all, darkness and light?)? in everything (including things destroying the planet?)? do I want to show human interaction with the environment and social documentary/activism? does photographing the world teach me something new through making me slow down and slice up then reconstruct?

what is the best way to visually communicate my perceptions and feelings? through photography for different purposes: my professional work on development in Africa, Asia and Latin America and also my art practice and interest in post-modern/multicultural approaches to illustration and digital processes. How do I communicate emotions, feelings and messages in a 2D frame?

what are the best ways of showing my work (when it is good enough) to change what I want to change? photographs in an exhibition? photobooks? web galleries? other?

1: Beauty and the Sublime

2: Landscape as a Journey

3: Landscape as Political Text

4: Landscape and identities

5: Resolution: Kyrgyzstan

 Transitions: Bench  forthcoming

Other Links

This landscape photography blog complements:

  • Zemni Images : – commercial site for my photography, art and design website. High resolution versions of the images on this blog can be found there as indicated in relevant page links.
  • links other blogs for my OCA degree in Visual Communication.

Other OCA Photography student blog links