Category: General thoughts

Realist and Pictorial Landscape

Reading various books on landscape, in particular Liz Wells’ Land Matters has brought home to me just how much my views of landscape were formed from the pictorial condition. In fact it has been quite a revelation discovering work in the realist tradition – it wasn’t that I hadn’t been aware of or seen such …

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Assignment 6 preparation

One thing that I have learned from Assignment 1 is the amount of preparation and though that needs to go into a successful assignment. Therefore I have started to research possible back up locations for Assignment 6 in case my original plan (for a collage of views) doesn’t work. I have looked at three possible …

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Beauty in Photography – Adams

One quote in this book by Robert Adams really stood out for me. “Landscape pictures offer 3 verities: Geography Autobiography Metaphor Geography alone can be boring, autobiography alone can be trivial and metaphor sometimes dubious. But taken together in the best work, the three kinds of information strengthen and reinforce an affection for life”. I …

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Paul Nash exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre

I took the opportunity of the proximity of the Sainsbury Centre to visit the Paul Nash exhibition there. I was aware of his work although mainly the wartime landscape scenes, so I was keen to see the fall variety of his work. As this is landscape photography course, however,  I will concentrate here on the …

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What is Landscape?

This seems a very basic question and is something I thought a little about in the first exercise for the course – just what is a landscape? Researching it a little further, the Encyclopaedia of Art History – http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/genres/landscape-painting.htm – has a concise history of Landscape Art. It states that it was an established genre …

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Wolfgang Tillman’s exhibition at Tate Modern

     I was keen to visit this exhibition because I had not seen Tillman’s work displayed in a gallery space, only occasional images within magazines. What was interesting about this exhibition, was the way in which it was hung, as Alistair Sooke said in the Telegraph (1) "he is, known, for instance, for his unusual …

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Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain – Photomontages

I have been intrigued in the past by comments made by David Hockney about photography. He has talked about landscape photos only being able to view the scene from a single point perspective whereas people generally walk through the landscape and see from multiple perspectives. He has also talked about the camera seeing scenes geometrically …

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David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain

I visited this exhibition, along with what seemed to be much of the population of London, because I particularly wanted to look at Hockney’s landscapes. I was also very interested in seeing at first hand, his photomontages, especially Pearblossom Highway, which I have written about elsewhere within this blog. I was interested to see all …

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