Results tagged “landscape”

Recent Purchase


I recently purchased this book,"What Can We Believe Where?: Photographs of the American West (Yale University Art Gallery)" (Robert Adams)

Another fabulous and humbling collection of the most wonderful images, I've been privileged to experience. Yet another addition to my growing collection.

An essay from, AMERICANSUBURB X

[From "Perfect Uncertainty - Robert Adams and the American West (2002)"]

My admiration of Mr. Adams is well known by those who know me well enough, this essay I stumbled upon on AMERICANSUBURB X is yet another glimpse at Mr Adams creative output adding to the already impressive body of written work about him that exists. It is just a pity it took me 8 years to find this one. Something that I've now come to take for granted is the speed and frequency of readily available information out there on my favourite subject Art Photography. Obviously this wasn't the case in 2002.

Larry Sultan, California Photographer, Dies at 63
By RANDY KENNEDY
Published: December 14, 2009
Larry Sultan, a highly influential California photographer whose 1977 collaboration, “Evidence” — a book made up solely of pictures culled from vast industrial and government archives — became a watershed in the history of art photography, died on Sunday at his home in Greenbrae, Calif. He was 63.

[read on Larry Sultan, California Photographer, Dies at 63 - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com]

I have to admit, I've not seen much of Mr. Sultan's work, but the little I had has stuck in my mind, another book to add to my collection I guess.

Exhibitions, I'd wish I could have seen

Eastman House is not only re-running the New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape, from 1975; but this exhibition, entitled, Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art

The description “Dutch landscape” may evoke an idyllic vision reminiscent of Dutch landscape paintings, but today the Netherlands is known for its planned, manipulated landscape. In the last two decades a number of Dutch photographers and filmmakers have taken contemporary Dutch landscape and nature as their point of departure. George Eastman House presents a major survey of this new work, titled Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art, on view June 13 through Aug. 16. It is a companion show to the Eastman House summer exhibition New Topographics, originally mounted in 1975, illustrating the profound influence of that exhibition on the generations that have followed.

The tyranny of distance lingers.

Upcoming Show

industrial landscape

The first for 2009.

If you'd like a high resolution version of the invite e-mail me, and I'll send you the pdf.

mortensen.jpg

This, sentence, on a collector's blog surpises me.

"Collector's POV: Prior to this show, we knew nothing about the work of Ray Mortenson."

The reason being, the fist photographic monograph I bought, way back in, 1989, was by Ray Mortensen, entitled, Meadowland.

Books figure very highly in my creative output and inspiration, and while I had to 'think' about the name, I recognised it eventually, which I then confirmed by checking my library.

Inspiration?

Mt.Sturgeon at Dusk

I recently spent several days in a location that would make many photographers weep. Mt.Sturgeon at the foot of the Grampians in Western Victoria, is a spectacular Sandstone outcrop, at the Southern End of the range.

When I was first inspired many years ago to take up photography seriously, Photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, were big influences. Grand vistas, fine prints, sharp and in focus images made on big cameras, to me these were all REAL photographs... then.

This location seemed to be a perfect spot for making some good images, like that, of truly a spectacular landscape. In 4 days I shot, 35 frames on a borrowed Pentax K100d, 20 or show shots on both my digital low rez devices, a roll of 127 and 2 rolls of 120 on my Hasellblad. Uninspired doesn't begin to explain how I felt. Why?

The light swept across the peak in an incredibly dramatic way that at the right time was positively breath taking. The peace and tranquility made it a cinch to 'switch' over to 'photography' mode. there was no reason NOT to be inspired. Yet I wasn't. I remember in 2000, when we were on our honeymoon in New Zealand, I started to question my need to make images that were not remarkable, we were on 10 day tour in a rental car, and weren't stopping for any great length of time anywhere so good light was elusive, and time limited my options to explore composition. So why bother making images at all? I guess we all move on?

Ever since my Uni days, I've tended to operate on at least 2 levels of varying approaches and ideas to photography, I guess this place just didn't fit into either notion, currently, I would argue that, low rez digi, is one of those levels I'm exploring and my maps idea is another.

Landscape art

Fantastic work

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