Landscape Photography A Sense of Place – Photography Research information, methods and ideas in the context of a drawing study in photography. Credits: 6 Ansel Adams
How does the Excellence criteria differ from the Achievement criteria? What does the title suggest might be required in this task? Achievement Standard 2.1 What are some of the key words included in the Assessment Criteria?
Landscape photography is a genre intended to show different spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Many landscape photographers show little or no human activity in their photos, striving to attain pure, unsullied landscapes that are devoid of human influence, using instead subjects such as strongly defined landforms, weather, and ambient light. Landscape has become a very broad term, encompassing urban, industrial, macro and nature photography. Defining landscape photography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape_photography 21/02/10
Waterfalls and mountains are especially popular in classic landscape photography, often calling for Large Format cameras and neutral density or polarizing filters. Most places and things can be photographed as a landscape, a kitchen, a lamp, a wall, or even the human body can be turned into a rolling vista by a skilled photographer. Landscapes are often created with such tools as a pinhole camera, or a large format camera and tripod, usually with a wide angle lens. Many serious photographers use medium or large format systems to record as much detail as possible, although the vast majority of landscapes published today are from digital SLR’s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape_photography 21/02/10
Camera styles and formats <ul><li>In previous lessons we learnt about: </li></ul><ul><li>Large Format </li></ul><ul><li>Medium Format </li></ul><ul><li>Pinhole </li></ul><ul><li>35 mm </li></ul><ul><li>Part of this assignment requires you to research different formats as used by landscape photographers. It is up to you to expand on these and learn more about them as part of your individual research. </li></ul>
Photo making methods and processes <ul><li>In class we learnt about: </li></ul><ul><li>Daguerrotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Cyanotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Agyrotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Single exposure photograms </li></ul><ul><li>Double exposure photograms </li></ul>The self directed research you are about to embark on will include not only these, but other methods, for example, bleaching and toning.
Types of Landscape Photography <ul><li>Urban </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Macro </li></ul>Bill Brandt Let’s discuss what you think these different types are…
Firstly, what is urban landscape? The images in some way describe a town or city
They represent an attempt to understand our experience of the place. Winograd By researching and understanding what you are photographing, may give you added insight into a new way to photograph it.
They Concentrate on structures rather than on people But the presence of people is sometimes implied… Morrison
The photograph may deal in either details… Brassai
… or a broader view Weston Which other landscape category does this photograph fit in to?
Look for Contrasts When shooting in Urban and industrial landscapes, one of the things that is great about cities is the diversity that you can find there – both in terms of the people as well as visual diversity in the sites you’ll see there. Look for and capture the contrasts between organic and inorganic forms, colours, geometry and light. Garry Winograd
Urban landscape photographs often include people, but they are more interested in the existing structures of the town or city … including people in the photograph indicate how they interact with the city and structures. Lewis Hine
People <ul><li>Even if you choose to exclude people, they almost always still live in the shots by the imprints that they leave there. </li></ul><ul><li>All variations of landscapes don’t always include people directly but speak about the way we live (both good and bad). It can be very powerful to look for the evidence of people in a landscape and to feature this in your shots. </li></ul><ul><li>This adds layers of interest and make your photos more dynamic . </li></ul>Social landscapes focus on the people that inhabit and interact within the space.
With this knowledge you should be able to gain a better understanding of the remaining landscape types through your research. I am always here to provide you with the appropriate artist models and information, so don’t be a stranger! Be sure to make the most of the art library. Friedlander