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“Shaped by the Sea” Book Review
Theo Bosboom
My Favourite Image
Veidivotn, Iceland
Subscribers 4×4 Portfolios
Francesca Mazzoni, Leslie Ashe, Matt Oliver & Paul Nixon
Paul Mitchell
Featured Photographer Revisited
In need of a narrative
Concept shouldn't negate aesthetic beauty
Foto Fest 2019
Fotospeed announces speakers
The restorative effects of landscape photography
The immersive experience of being in nature
Time to reflect…
Returning to my Photographic Roots
In Defence of Lost Causes
The Sound Mirrors that once protected Britain
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Tim Parkin

Just before I started to write the editorial for this issue, I noticed that David Clapp had written a blog post about the ‘ugly decade of the comment box’. The article is actually a short review of the Canon EOS RP but along the way, it’s a lamentation at the state of social intercourse on the internet. Now it’s hardly breaking ground to berate social media and the rise of the troll (it’s actually pretty apt given the current state of politics in the UK) but the article focusses on the herd mentality of a certain type of ‘consumer’.

Just as in politics, it seems that confirmation bias and tribal rejection of others has infected all walks of life. In photography gear circles, it seems that many people feel they have to ‘identify’ with a certain system or type of system and this involves actively rejecting everything else. I quite like this article that suggests social media promotes an impulse for direct action over the use of critical thinking (How ironic that the article uses a clickbait title in a complaint about social media).

David continues by talking about the actual truth behind particular model choices and urges us to realise that camera manufacturers don’t make cameras for landscape photographers, they make them for parents, for those going on a special holiday, for pet owners, etc. The happiest photographers don’t expect camera manufacturers to bend their products to their own workflow. They adapt themselves to the way cameras work and compromise on some aspects in order to reach more important ones.

David’s article mostly reminds me why we don’t concentrate much on gear here at On Landscape (and why we’ve never run a forum!). A good photographer may be picky about what camera they use but they’re happy to adapt when needed. We need to remember that nearly every camera available today would be considered ground-breaking ‘magic’ by photographers of a generation earlier.

Thanks for a great article David!
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Issue 185 PDF

Tim Parkin Just before I started to write the editorial for this issue, I noticed that David Clapp had written a blog post about the ‘ugly decade of the comment box’. more

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“Shaped by the Sea” Book Review

The project can be summarised as covering the tidal zone of Europe’s Western coastline. Theo humbly says “It was never my intention to cover Europe’s entire Atlantic coast” as if this was perhaps a passing thought, discarded at the last minute. more

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My Favourite Image

The location is Veidivotn, arguably the "Lake District" of Iceland and a truly stunning alien landscape, far removed from what I would expect to see on this planet more

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Subscribers 4×4 Portfolios

This issue our 4x4 landscape photography portfolio feature is from subscribers: Francesca Mazzoni, Leslie Ashe, Matt Oliver & Paul Nixon. more

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Paul Mitchell

I have been actively involved with pinhole photography for almost 15 years and am pleased to see that it has had somewhat of a resurgence recently. more

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In need of a narrative

If you're reading this then you're probably a disciple of the quest to explore nature in all its forms; hiking, discovering, conquering and escaping into mindfulness. We would argue there's a human need for photographing in these places. We want to sometimes tame them and idealise them, set ourselves a compositional challenge and bend the location to our will. It's about unearthing something unseen, to create surprises, offering a wider acknowledgement that our own way of seeing is unique more

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Foto Fest 2019

Fotospeed has announced that they will be hosting Foto Fest 2019 as the festival heads into its fourth year. The festival brings together 4 talented photographers to deliver talks about the inspirations, techniques, and stories behind their images. more

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The restorative effects of landscape photography

For so many landscape photographers, there is a reverence for nature that is reflected in our images. The natural world provides relief from the burdens of everyday life, with studies showing that time spent in nature has a measurable positive effect on our stress levels and state of mind. more

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Time to reflect…

Mystery lurks in the disparity between how I see and how the camera sees. I’m more interested in the ways in which they imperfectly match than in any apparent congruence. more

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In Defence of Lost Causes

Initially, I was drawn to the family connection, but later after researching early aircraft defence experiments I became fascinated by the story of the sound mirrors. more

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