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“Twelve significant photographs in a year is a good crop”, so says Ansel Adams. I think even that is ambitious given that this would give over 500 over his lifetime - I’m not sure I’ve seen more than a hundred memorable classics. Then again, what does ‘significant’ mean? Joe Cornish may not think all of his photographs are ‘significant’ but they’re bloody good and we’re proud to include them in our Christmas issue.
To be honest, I think for most photographers, one significant photograph per year is a perfectly acceptable amount. I’ve been rooting through my photography pile over the last year, wondering if anything is worth including and, like Joe mentions in his article, many of my top twelve images aren’t actually landscapes. I have started to get that creative itch again though and on our last walk in Glencoe I was back to enjoying the processes of photography. The end result might not be the the best photographs I’ve taken, not even the best this year, but is was a step in the right direction.
BEST OF 2022
If you’ve got a favourite photograph from 2022, significant or not, we’d like to hear from you as we’re putting together a ‘best photograph of 2022’ article for the New Year issue of On Landscape. You’ve got until 5th of January to choose something and the submission details are in the Joe Cornish best of 2022 article. We’d really like to see what you’ve been up to so if you have time between Christmas and new year, go have a dig in the catalogs for us.
Until then, have a great christmas break and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!
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Robert Adams, in his 1996 essay “Truth in Landscape”, opined that “landscape pictures can offer us three verities - geography, autobiography, and metaphor.” I find this is a useful framework through which to consider why an image remains in my thoughts. A photograph in which an artist succeeds in posing a question is uncommon. An image in which the viewer is left pondering a moral response to the posed quandary is memorable. The skill more
Our 4x4 feature is a set of four mini landscape photography portfolios submitted by Christophe Noel, Gaby Zak, Haydee Yordan & Nick Becker. more
In his book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche described three “metamorphoses of the spirit”—stages of personal development that people may (if they choose) pursue if they wish to live their lives to the fullest, which, according to Nietzsche, means living according to one’s own values with the greatest degree of freedom. more
Being asked to choose your favourite images of the year is a great opportunity to return to your picture files, remember some great times and experiences, and discover forgotten gems that might have been passed by in an earlier edit more
When it comes to photography, one of my favourite products of winter’s stillness is the ice that forms. What I love about ice is that you can find it almost anywhere, granted it gets cold enough. more
Richard is an advocate of ‘play’ and of keeping an open mind; process is important, and equipment is simply a means to an end. Often photographing close to home, Richard’s images frequently feature flow, whether in the form of water or plant life. more