Photography Lesson 7 – Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

“Landscape does not exist without an observer, without a human presence. The land exists, but the ‘scape’ is a projection of human consciousness, an image received. It is a frame we put around a single view and the ways in which we see and describe this spectacle represent our ‘frame’ of mind, what we know and what we seek to know.” Gretel Ehrlich

Use your camera to show us how you feel or think about a particular place. This place may be natural or industrial, or in between. It may be a park, a neighborhood, a home, the ocean, etc…. When we look at the photos we should understand this place the way you want us to without a verbal description of your idea.

Assignment Objectives
There is a rich history of landscape imagery (natural or urban) in the history of photography. In this assignment we will examine some of the ways in which the land has been used to address ideas about location, ownership, preservation, destruction, etc.

I suggest visiting the Indian River Land Trust – Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail. Visit the Indian River Land Trust website for details and maps.

Landscape Photographers
Here are some photographers to begin your research with: Imogen Cunningham, Timothy O’Sullivan, Wynn Bullock, Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White, Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, John Sexton, Josef Sudek, Eugene Atget, William Eggleston, Steven Shore, Richard Misrach and James Balog.

8-12 images of your interpretation of landscape.

Stephen Shore color photograph

Steven Shore, Color Photograph, U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oegon July 21, 1973.

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