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Luminosity and Contrast by Alister Benn
Book Review
End frame: Reclaimed | Padley Gorge , The Peak District by Matt Oliver
Phillip William Jenner chooses one of his favourite images
Little known Idaho gems
Lesser known locations for photographers
Tina Freeman’s “Lamentations”
A Project of Contrasts
It’s Time We Were Critical
Critic, Critical, Criticism and Critique
Abstracted:Architecture
Exhibition at Anise Gallery
Dan Baumbach
Featured Photographer
A walk through place and time
Barra Hill, an iron-age hill-fort
Viewpoint Editor’s Letter editor@onlandscape.co.uk
Tim Parkin

“Ooh here’s that plant we were talking about!”, I say to Charlotte. “Which plant?” she patiently replies. “The one that we saw on that walk we did some time ago with those friends. You know!”

“Here’s an odd plant”, I say as we sit down for lunch. “What is it?”., Charlotte says “I don’t know - I was supposed to look it up last time we went out”.

If this sounds familiar, then fret no more. I’m sure quite a few people have heard about this before me but for someone whose grasp of computer technology is disappearing as fast as his memory, it was quite the revelation. It’s called “Seek” and I’m told it’s the “Shazam for the Paramo set”. It can recognise plants, animals and fungi from a single photo and I can only presume it does so by having a horde of trained pixies all frantically trying to find that book on Scottish Coastal Plants that they bought 10 years back and loaned to a friend who they fell out with over the return of a leaf blower (it was working when I gave it back!!). And it is remarkably accurate!

Just take a photo from within the app and it returns with an ID and a link to more information! Now, why can’t they do the same for photo locations? Anyway - it’s magic and a must have!

… the year is 2032, Siri has just reprimanded me again “No, Sorry Tim, Joe Cornish took that in 1984 and his was substantially better”. “What if I came back in Autumn Siri?”, I say. “I’m sorry Tim, Greg Whitton took that version in 2020 at the moment between accidentally stepping on a great crested newt and dislocating his hip for the third time. He did win the Landscape Photographer of the Year with it though”. “Should I just give up then Siri?”, I finally ask. “Just let me take over”, Siri says, “I’ll show you how it’s done”. I unlock my phone for her and she flys off and returns two years later with a book project on the Atlantic Rainforest of Western Scotland which wins the Pulitzer prize and then she goes and retires to a Hebridean island with my TV.

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Issue 191 PDF

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Luminosity and Contrast by Alister Benn

Someone once said to me “Writing about composition is a bit like dancing about architecture”. A large amount what we tend to do is instinctive, both during capture and in post-processing, and it’s very hard to put these things into words. more

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End frame: Reclaimed | Padley Gorge , The Peak District by Matt Oliver

It was becoming clear time had been spent with the subject Matt was photographing by really studying the landscape - using his foreground effectively to draw you in immediately. more

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Little known Idaho gems

The authors have driven every route to ensure each trek's accuracy and attractions, from breathtaking scenery and landscapes to artefacts that still occupy these unique spaces and speak to Idaho's fascinating history. more

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Tina Freeman’s “Lamentations”

The project Lamentations is a series of diptychs that function as stories about climate change, ecological balance, and the connectedness of things across time and space. more

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It’s Time We Were Critical

Used this way, by explaining why something works and constructively criticising less well-executed work, criticism can really help others improve their work. more

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Abstracted:Architecture

Abstracted:Architecture is a study of the buildings in and around Canary Wharf as they relate to the bodies of water that surround them. more

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Dan Baumbach

You’re very much in the present moment creating out of nothing. Thought only comes into it when you try to actualise what you’re seeing. You need to think about exposure, focus and all that. more

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A walk through place and time

The focus of the walk is often in my thoughts and always in view as I draw closer to the village in which I have made my home in rural Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland. That focus is Barra Hill, an iron-age hill-fort that defines the landscape surrounding the village where I live more

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