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A great deal of the West’s aesthetic sensibilities has been influenced by Eastern approaches and philosophies around art. The opening up of Japan changed art irrevocably, starting with the Impressionists but threading its way through nearly every art movements since (google “Japonism” and the artists Hiroshige, Utamaro or Hokusai to see examples). Photography itself plays strongly to Eastern aesthetics, some of the first examples of the photographically cropped bodies, legs and arms etc., appeared in Japanese art.
In this issue, Raphael Rojas is looking at the different elements of Japanese art from simplicity to the intrinsic flaws of nature. At the core of this is the artistic approach that lies with the acceptance of the imperfection of the world. And this isn’t such a bad personal philosophy to have either - things are rarely if ever perfect and quite often it’s the things that go wrong that lead to progress.
In other news, we have launched our own dedicated gallery space at the Joe Cornish gallery in Northallerton and we have started by showcasing the work of Colin Bell, Nigel Morton, Steve Barnett, Paul Mitchell and Pete Hyde and hopefully bringing them to a new audience. Hopefully in the process, we have also made more people aware of On Landscape. If you can possibly visit, I can highly recommend you do so. We had over 100 people through the doors at our launch event and we look forward to a new set of artists being exhibited in just over four months time.
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I saw Alan Ranger's blog post about photographic journeys and his own personal journey that culminated with some one to one tuition with David Ward and wanted to find out a little more about him. more
I've been following Nicholas's photography since he started publishing his 'Militarisation of Dartmoor' series and when I saw he had started a new series on our bothy system I was intruiged to meet up and find out more. more
I first came across the name Bruce Barnbaum when I bought his book “The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression”. I remember sitting on the platform at London Bridge Station, waiting for the train home and reading the first pages. I was approached by a stranger who said, “This is the best photography book you’ll ever own.” He was right. I’ve bought dozens of books on photography since then, but this one is still the more
Our 4x4 feature is a set of four mini portfolios from our subscribers - Andrew Mellor, Janet Salmon, John Erskine & Peter Williams more
The Quiet Sublime: The tradition of the Sublime in landscape has existed since the 18th Century. The most common understanding is when the landscape inspires awe and wonder, even dread and terror. more
David Ward talked at the Meeting of Minds Conference 2014 and discussed our understanding of colour is on the one hand instinctive and innate. more
Not very many think of the Arctic as an urban landscape. However, with modern mans presence in the high north, parts of the wild landscape has undergone some serious undulation. more
Art and philosophy are tightly intertwined. Contrary to science, where we try to find answers to questions, art and philosophy look for more questions. Finding the answers to these questions might be a welcome result, but the importance is the questioning process itself rather than the answers. more