Compositional intent

Having just read that ‘intentionalism’, critiquing a photograph based on whether it achieves the photographer’s stated intent is “a flawed and weak critical method”1, I thought I would ignore that advice completely and talk about my intention with this image, called ‘Competing’. The image was taken for a monthly challenge held by a local photography…

David Noton book – location surprise

As I flicked through the pages of David Noton’s book, ‘The Vision. The art of photography from idea to exposure’, I found a few locations I know quite well – Bryce Canyon in Utah, Buttermere in the Lake District, Malham in North Yorkshire, Carcassonne in France etc. They are all pretty common locations for landscape photographs but I wasn’t…

Mosaic Stream

This image continues the abstract/extract theme from the last post – using pebble shapes, ripple curves, earthy colours and texture as design elements in the composition. The photograph was taken near an area known as El Robledal (The Oak Grove) in Granada Province, Spain. Most of the year the ‘stream’ is just a dry bed but…

At the Beech

The last few days I have been getting more familiar with using Lightroom 5 for printing and trying Epson Hot Press Bright paper for the first time on My Epson R1800 printer. I haven’t done many prints for quite a while so I’ve quite enjoyed the challenge of matching screen to printer – in a…

Shapes in black and white

This set of images, taken about a year ago is centred around shapes and lines – elements of graphic design as they are sometimes called. They were converted from colour into black and white images using Silver Efex Pro. The first image was taken near Alhama de Granada in Southern Spain. A solitary leaf, all alone,…

What do you see?

This post is triggered by a definition of landscape in the introduction of a book by Liz Wells (2011), ‘Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity’. She offers a definition of landscapes as, “vistas encompassing both nature and the changes that humans have effected on the natural world”. Thinking about the definition made me return to a landscape…

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