Landscape photography is a photographic art which captures the spaces within the world and gives a realistic and beautiful interpretation of what the photographer is seeing at that exact moment. Landscape photography tends to capture the presence of nature, focusing on the pure surroundings that the photographer find themselves in; however, it can also capture man made disturbances such as sky scrapers and buildings.
A famous Landscape photographer who is passionate about capturing the beauty of nature is Ansel Adams.
Adams stated that “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme dissapointment“, highlighting how difficult Landscape photography can be.
Just like Still Life, Landscape photography was practiced first by artists, mainly in the Western world where western artists were besotted with painting landscapes, especially since the the discovery of perspective within the Italian Renaissance period.
John Davies is a photographer who specialises in black and white, panoramic landscape images. I find him an interesting photographer due to the sheer passion he has to create something aesthetically pleasing but also something that has a meaning behind it and not just a ‘pretty picture’. During the years of 1979 and 2005, Davies took photographs which portrayed and documented the “post industrial British” landscape. The images that Davies created were said to be an “in-depth study of the relationship between our social, economic and industrial history”.
This above image is an image that captured me the most as Davies has managed to capture two conflicting objects and made them into a beautiful image but an image which makes you think about what he is trying to say. This image was interesting to me as I think the way that Davies has the church building that seems to have been abandoned and the new nuclear power buildings it shows a confliction between the two buildings. It also tells me that because of the modern industrial revolution as lot of buildings have been forgotten about, buildings that would have been key to society before the revolution yet now have been forgotten and abandoned to make way for these new, modern giants.
My Own Landscape Photography
For my Landscape photography images I wanted something which was going to be powerful, yet beautiful, the same way that John Davies managed to do with his above image.
So I took my camera into London and began photographing the undisturbed surroundings that I found myself in. I wanted my images to be raw and realistic so that the audience actually felt as if they were standing next to me looking at the same thing I was looking at when I took the photograph.
One of the images I captured was the image that I used on my Week 8 assignment as I believed it fitted the brief but also a good example of the impact Landscape photography can have on an audience.
This image for me was an image which I captured from the inspiration I gained from John Davies photograph that I posted above. In Davies’ image he uses a strong, giant building to highlight the modern changes that Britain has gone through. In this image I feel as if I was able to do the same thing. The London Eye is a grand tourist attraction which serves no purpose to our country but is seen as one of the monumental icons of the United Kingdom. The way I captured the image shows the London Eye to be illuminated and important, yet the natural side of the photography (the river that runs below the attraction) is darkened and not clearly visible. This was a deliberate method as I wanted to highlight how society has become in awe of these new, modern buildings and yet the natural beauty of the country has slowly become forgotten, the same way in which Davies was able to photograph in the above image.