Landscape in the Abstract

Vittorio Senna, Ansel Adams and a few others apart, I’m not big on landscapes. It’s such a familiar medium it’s very hard to make things seem different. Which is why I admire and totally respect Michael Kenna. His black and white landscapes are instantly recognizable and instantly distinctive. Kenna photographs at dawn or at night …

The Gathering Storm

Photographer Kevin Erskine grew up on a farm in Hoskins, Nebraska, a town with a population of just 284. About the most dramatic thing that happened to him was witnessing a tornado at the age of 12. This event seemed to have turned him into a storm chaser and has led by turn to his …

The Ethereal Landscape

Self-taught photographer Alexandre Deschaumes called one series of image ‘Ethereal Atmospheres’ which comes close to capturing the feeling of his hyper-realistic, moody landscapes. Deschaumes spends time hiking out into the wildernesses of Iceland, Patagonia and the Alps looking for locations and listening to what he describes as his ‘inner feeling’ about a place. He advises …

A Journey Worth Taking

Maybe it’s some strange ‘Britain nostalgia’ I’m going through but I was touched by Harry Cory Wright’s photos of the landscape of my native land, in his book ‘Journey Through the British Isles’. In many ways this kind of photography is usually an example of exactly what I don’t like; very highly finished images with …

In Wildness is the Preservation of the World

One of the first, if not the first, photography books I ever owned was by Eliot Porter. Primarily known for his landscape and nature imagery, the book I picked up that day was one based on his images of the state of Maine. My possession of the book lasted about 2 hours. I had a …

Mountain Man

Just discovered these wonderful early landscapes of mountain ranges taken by Italian photographer and mountaineer, Vittorio Sella. He was lucky enough to know the Duke of Abruzzi, a man who seemed determined to visit every great mountain range in the world. Handily for Sella, he needed an expedition photographer for these trips and Vittorio happily …