Inside this issue
sponsored by ..
When it came to the end of the first year of On Landscape magazine, I remember talking with Joe Cornish about how it had gone, and he said, “We’ve done very well, but how are we going to keep creating content for another year!”. Twelve years down the road and I have a to-do list of content that I’d struggle to keep up with for the next decade (at least at the rate that I work). It constantly surprises me how rich landscape photography is, but it really shouldn’t. After all, our hobby touches on the whole of nature, human behaviour, technology, art and history. One of my favourite article series to write, and I’m working on the next piece as we speak, is about the history of landscape in art, pretty open ended!
More than anything though, I’ve realised that landscape photography has given me an appreciation for the outdoors and nature that I would never have discovered otherwise. I sometimes feel a bit of an imposter when I don’t get out photographing regularly and instead spend more time walking and climbing in the hills than photographing them, but I think that this was an important hiatus in my photography. The times I’ve spent around where I live have been like building a relationship with someone, perhaps the foundations of a business relationship or the early days of getting to know a new friend.
The last twelve years of On Landscape have helped me understand what is important for me in landscape photography. I’ve been privileged to talk with so many different people about the way they work and each person has their own story and their own relationship with landscape and photography. More than anything, I’ve realised there is no right and wrong way to enjoy our hobby/passion - just take as much or as little from it as you like and don’t feel pressure to do something you don’t enjoy. For me, if it hadn’t been for landscape photgraphy, I wouldn’t be living in the Highlands of Scotland, a gift for which I’ll be forever grateful.
Click here to download issue 273 (high quality, 170Mb) Click here to download issue 273 (smaller download, 110Mb) more
Starting with the broad elements, we seem to have a sort of paradise in the background, full of light, leaves, green, and ephemeral light and, seemingly, some sort of hell archetype in the front, scorched earth, scattered debris and all the evidence of the fire. more
As Joe has already mentioned in his own overview of the Fountains Abbey project, it wasn’t really his favourite subject matter. In fact, as far as landscape goes, you couldn’t get much further away from his love of mountains and wild places. But a challenging job like this is just why you need someone like Joe Cornish to get the very best out of a landscape such as this. more
The high contrast effects of monochrome infrared images can often be used quite effectively to augment the minimalist feel of landscape photographs. more
So part of my intention is to elevate water as an art form. To increase and change the dialogue about water. Thus, by creating images of water as art, water can be seen and felt as something super special. more
There is a rich history of landscape photographers taking up the cause of climate change and natural resource protection through their work. more
The anniversary is a great time to look back at the past period. What has changed? And what will the future bring? Although I am under no illusion of being complete, I would like to mention some developments in landscape photography that stand out for me. more