Unit 4: Natural Forms Notes

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Unit 4: Natural Forms Notes

  1. 1. environmental photography “How can you use nature to make new designs without permanently disrupting the natural world?”
  2. 2. environmental photography – In a general sense, it is art that helps improve our relationship with the natural world by involving a spectator in the piece. This living worldwide movement is growing and changing as you read this. – Much environmental art is ephemeral (made to disappear or transform), designed for a particular place (installation) or involves collaborations between artists and others, such as scientists and educators (cross-disciplinary). Cross-disciplinary can also include a photography and a sculptor working together or a single artist working as both a photographer and sculptor.
  3. 3. andy goldsworthy – Born in 1956 in Cheshire, England – Raised in Yorkshire, England – Uses natural materials: snow, ice, leaves, bark, feathers, petals, twigs etc. to create outdoor sculptures of simplistic design and balanced aesthetic. – Goldsworthy records his work using color film – so for Goldsworthy photography creates a different artistic experience as well as being a method of documentation (in a sense fine art photography + photojournalism). – Deliberately works on location and work with the landscape instinctively.
  4. 4. goldsworthy’s philosophy – “For me looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. It is difficult to say where one stops and another begins.” – “Movement, change, light growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work.” – “My approach to photography is kept simple, almost routine. All work, good and bad, is documented. I use standard film, a standard lens and no filters. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expresses in the image. Process and decay are implicit.”
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  7. 7. karl blossfeldt – Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German instructor of sculpture who used his remarkable photographs of plant studies to educate his students about design elements in nature. – Blossfeldt's photographs were made with a homemade camera that could magnify the subject up to thirty times its actual size. By doing so he revealed extraordinary details within the natural structure of the plants. – In the process he created some of the most innovative photographic work of his time. The simple yet expressive forms captured on film affirmed his boundless artistic and intellectual ability.
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