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In this weeks issue, David Ward and I have a discussion of Eadweard Muybridge and the book of his life and times by Rebecca Solnit. It was fascinating to learn not just about this legendary, larger than life figure but it was also really interesting to place him in the context of the “All Roads Lead West!” era of the United States. Since the podcast, I have also received a couple more books about his work and plan on writing a “Master Photographer” article for an upcoming issue. We used to have a few Master Photographer articles where we review a particular artist and the books available by them and I’m looking forward to doing this again, not only with Muybridge but also with Robert Adams, as discussed with Joe Cornish a couple of issues back (I’m still waiting for a couple more books by Adams before I can write this properly).
It sometimes feels like the only landscape photographers we know are all modern ones apart from the occasional historic outlier, but we should remember that publications only have a shelf life of a decade or two and it’s a very rare book that received more than a single reprint. Hence the history books often get wiped clean by the availability of information. Second-hand books stores are a goldmine for finding out about ‘lost’ photographers though and also a good excuse to hide myself away with a book for a few hours and be able to call it work! I hope you’ll enjoy the podcast and please let me know if you have suggestions for other photographers we could look at for future Master Photographers (e.g. I’d like to cover Timothy O’Sullivan and Carleton Watkins at some point).
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Clear stream edged with maples reminds the viewer that we are a part of the natural order of things, and it is our most solemn duty to care for the treasures of nature with which we have been blessed. more
A handmade book can be a beautiful and tangible embodiment of the passion, love and enthusiasm we have for our landscapes and how we choose to present them more
We got an email from Kimberly at the beginning of June to say she’d set up her darkroom again and started experiment with photograms. more
The intimate landscape maybe that place in landscape photography where we can justly claim our medium is a form of visual poetry. more
This issue we have another instalment in our Lockdown book club, although I suppose we have to come up with a new name for it as we’re mostly out of lockdown now. Anyways, this issue David Ward and I will be looking at a book about the life and era of American photographer, Edweard Muybridge by Rebecca Solnit. more
To achieve lofty goals - or even modest ones - in wilderness preservation, we need time. The next generation will surely be critical in these efforts (and I hope highly critical of our own efforts!). All wilderness preservation comes down to two of the rarest human virtues: humility and restraint. more
It was a great journey with all sorts of weather and light and I learned a lot from it. I am pretty sure this will not be my last winter in Scotland. more
Lichens grow only very slowly, sometimes only a few millimetres in a year. Slow growth often implies longevity and lichens are among the oldest living things on the planet. more