Archive for Landscape Photography

Coventry Landscapes

Posted in Landscapes with tags , on March 12, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

'Up' Sophie Moet

I was inspired by The Bechers’ images, which consist of multiple photographs of the same or similar buildings placed next to one another from different viewpoints. In this photo I used two images of two structures (a statue and the arches by Coventry Transport Museum), which are situated close to one another. I took both photos from a low viewpoint. I then created a sort of optical illusion by repeating and flipping the same images to create a pattern. I also converted it to black and white like The Bechers’ photographs.

'Up Two' Sophie Moet

In this photo I was inspired by Tim Hetherington’s “Places” shots, which feature photographs of urban landscapes taken from a high viewpoint. To create an interesting contrast  I decided to combine photos taken from both a low and a high viewpoint to create similarly eye-catching effects.

'Up Three' Sophie Moet

Porthmadog, Wales

Posted in Landscapes with tags , on March 12, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

Sunday 11th March 2012, we drove down to Porthmadog in Wales. I photographed the beaches and the surrounding scenery we drove through. I manipulated my photographs in photoshop by enhancing the photographs to make the colours more vivid. Again I experimented with solarising my images which worked effectively. The colour photographs emote happiness and the beauty found in nature whilst the black and white solarised versions emphasise an eeriness and darkness.

Kenilworth and Abbey Fields

Posted in Landscapes with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

In this collection of landscapes, I photographed the fields and trees around Kenilworth and in Abbey Fields. I enhanced the colours in photoshop to make the colours within the landscapes more vivid and visually beautiful. In some of the photographs I overlapped and merged two images together to create an eeriness within the landscape image. I also experimented with applying the solarise effect to my landscapes similarly to what I did with some of my portrait work. I think it worked well and made them more striking.

Idris Khan and Landscapes

Posted in Landscapes with tags , , on March 12, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

Artist Idris Khan creates multi-layered photos, often of appropriated art and books, in a way that both augments the aura of the original and reveals the trace of his own hand. Khan’s work explores the history of photography and literature, the beauty of repetition and the anxieties of authorship.  I personally love these photographs and wanted to emulate his style within my own photography of landscapes.

Idris Khan

Idris Khan

I photographed historical monuments and places in Coventry. Lady Godiva is a statue situated in the centre of Coventry and is world famous. Lady Godiva, was an 11th century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. Meanwhile, the War Memorial Park pays tribute to those who gave their lives in the war. I also photographed the statue of St. Michael and the Devil, a sculpture by Sir Jacob Epstein, which is on the walls of the Cathedral. I thought it would be interesting to photograph this religious and philosophical monument that exists within Coventry.

'Lady Godiva' Sophie Moet

'War Memorial Park' Sophie Moet

'St. Michael and The Devil' Sophie Moet

I overlapped multiple photographs of the same place/monument to create a blurred effect similar to Indris Khan, which worked effectively in creating haunting imagery. I also manipulated them by converting the images to black and white, thus emphasizing Khan’s haunting effect present in his photographs. However, I don’t think these photographs as images are that great and could have been a lot better if I took more photographs.

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