1 Beauty and the Sublime

Part 1 ‘Beauty and the Sublime’ explores some of the traditional concepts within landscape art, in particular the concepts of beauty and the sublime and some of its technical concerns.

Concepts of beauty

“Beauty and art were once thought of as belonging together, with beauty as among art’s principle aims and art as beauty’s highest calling” Beech 2009 p12

“Why is form beautiful? Because, I think, it helps us meet our worst fear, the suspicion that life mat be chaos and that therefore our suffering is without meaning” Adams 1996 p25

“The passion caused by the great and sublime in nature, when those causes operate most powerfully, is Astonishment; and astonishment is that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended, with some degree of horror. In this case, the mind is so entirely filled with its object, that it cannot entertain any other, nor by consequence reason on that object which employs it.” Edmund Burke 1757.


Landscape perspectives: pictorialism to modernism

1.1: Preconceptions about landscape

1.2 Photography in the museum or in the gallery?

1.3 Establishing conventions: Landscape Photography and Landscape Art

1.4 What is a photographer?

The beautiful and the sublime

 1.6 The contemporary abyss

The Zone System

1.8 The Zone System in Practice

Landscape and the City

Assignment 1: Beauty and the Sublime


1.5 and 1.7: Preparing Assignment 6: Transitions