Archive for February, 2012

Good and Bad Landscape Photographs

Posted in Add+Vantage Module Homework, Landscapes with tags , , , on February 18, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

In the series, “Landscapes for the Homeless” which begun in 1988 and finished in 1991, Anthony Hernandez documented the out of the way places the homeless retreated to.  In the series he closes in on minute details such as the homeless’ possessions, revealing a persons presence through photographing the landscape. Whilst photographing these areas Hernandez made sure that no one was around, so as not to disrupt the life of its inhabitants. Viewed at a distance, the images appear to be photographs of the natural landscape. Upon close examination the details of habitation reveal themselves.  This made me realise how important and what great impact the little things can do in an image. I believe these photographs to be great examples of landscape photography. The photos offer deep and meaningful documentation, revealing the homeless’ terrible living conditions, their presence in the landscape and their possessions.

“Landscapes for the Homeless” Anthony Hernandez

“Landscapes for the Homeless” Anthony Hernandez

“Landscapes for the Homeless” Anthony Hernandez

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” by Simon Norfolk, is a series of landscape photographs of Afghanistan during the war.  Afghanistan has been ravaged by war for more then twenty years and in this series Norfolk has documented the devastating effects the war has had on Afghanistans beautiful architecture, buildings and landscapes. I love the images and for me are good examples of landscape photography. They are powerfully beautiful despite the destruction. The photographs educate the viewer about the turmoil and severe genocide this exquisite place has encountered.

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

Gerhard Richter is known for his “out of focus” trademark. I chose some of his out of focus landscapes as bad examples of landscape photography. I find them quite pointless and mundane. I like photographs to be compelling, with a story like those by Simon Norfolk and Anthony Hernandez.

"Near Hubbelrath" Gerhard Richter