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To Impress or to Make an Impression

Looking the Other Way

Hans Strand

Hans Strand

Hans Strand is an internationally recognised photographer who has received numerous awards for his work and published three books. He lives near Stockholm in Sweden.

I am writing this first short article to try to put some perspective on how viewers are evaluating landscape photography. In my mind the majority of landscape photographs shown on the internet are made to impress rather than to make an impression on the viewer. With that statement I mean that way too much focus is spent on sensation rather than on subtlety. The classic approach is to use early morning or late evening sunlight to boost the image. The more sensational sky phenomena the better image. Personally I think that approach is too romantic, too sweet and also not an honest interpretation of the landscape.

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