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Can landscape photographs have animals in them? The simple answer is “your landscape photographs can have whatever you want in them” because it’s your photography. However, I feel that including animate objects in a landscape can have the potential to distract from the landscape being the main subject of a photograph. This is obviously true if we include a human in a photograph at anything other than an incidental and small scale. The inclusion of other animals obviously depends on scale as well. A deer or a herd of bison from a distance can give a truthful representation of a scene. It becomes fairly clear to most people when the animal starts to become the subject. In this issue, Theo Bosboom pushes the boundaries of what is animal and what is landscape with his article on photographing limpets. With a motive speed that is barely discernable, most people would probably consider them a part of the coastal landscape, just like mussels, but they’re definitely animals and you only need to see Theo’s video of them from our On Landscape conference to understand just how fast they move (with a bit of video trickery). We hope you enjoy Theo’s article and, if you want to hear more about his coastal work and limpet photographs, here’s a link to the start of that section from our conference talks.
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I started this article by saying that I like images that make me question what I am seeing and “Seasonal Papyrophilia” does exactly this. There are multiple layers and textures and quite unusual shades of pinkish purple and lime green. more
Although limpets are widespread and can be easily observed at low tide in many places along the Atlantic coast of Europe, the life of limpets is completely unknown to most people. more
In this second part, I'm going to explore their thoughts on perfection and on influences. To see how their mature thinking can be applied to our approach towards expressive photography. more
I wrote this article as a possible first in a series themed “Philosophy for Photographers.” My hope is that it might help photographic artists understand photography in the greater context of historical thinking about art. more
A new solo exhibition of photographs, by photographer Paul Burgess ARPS, exploring how conflicts over the centuries have marked the landscape. more
I live close to Stockholm, at a glance in the middle somewhere but actually 17 hours on a train from Abisko in the far north and 6 hours south to the middle of Sweden. more