Goggling Landscape photography I found lots of award winning photographers on the first page, whose work is about sunsets, beaches, or big bridges. Not sure what it is about them, but they look fake - too polished, too neat, too perfect. They do not inspire, nor do webinars, advanced how to’s, tips and tricks, or element theories … if I watch 27 episodes, will I be a great photographer? Hmmm no. Get out, try, play, fail, practice and then some more.
While some dream destinations might look that pristine, I prefer landscapes of the real kind. Landscapes that inspire my imagination, that make me want to put on my shoes and go for a long walk. To discover, see, and find.
I am intrigued by both the complex and solitary aspects of a place, by images that tell a story, real or imagined. A suspended adventure, no arranged elements where everything is like looking out a window. I am in pursuit of a magic that is like a romantic, spontaneous Sunday morning idea. Land that is overgrown, a sea of blue, or a story that presents us with various periods of time.
Marvelous landscape images do not show us exactly what the photographer saw. While the location is essential, it is the interpretation of it that they reveal. The artists observation marks a passage of time of their experience. Their present moment emphasizes the layered consciousness of a traveler.
A photographers images reveal their relationship to landscape. They capture a happening, an impression, a personal history and not necessarily what was in front of them, but how immersed they were, how they perceived, imagined, or felt the landscape in their hearts.
This issue is about those dreamy interpretations that one often can not describe necessarily - of relationships with nature – an emotional response to light, spaces to dream, ideas of getting away. To gaze at a reality of beautiful landscapes and reasons to continue searching.
Jessica M. Kaufman
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
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