Initimate landscape

Close ups of nature's details and abstract images found in the natural environment. My criterion here is the word "found" - these are not man-made scenes, but compositions that nature has made, and which are all around us if we learn to look. Photographically, I have found that the challenge is not knowing what to include, but to learn to exclude, homing in on the essence of what attracted me to the image in the first place and carefully excluding everything else. These images are definitely made, not "taken". You do not hold up your camera and "shoot", but spend a considerable time (obviously with the camera on a tripod) working until you are content that it is just as you want it to be before making the exposure. Each of these images took me at least 30 minutes to set up - whether it was worth it is for the viewer to decide!

This is also a type of photography for which the large format view camera is perfectly suited. With the 5x4"ground glass screen showing a bright image under the focusing cloth, the photographer can become adsorbed in the shapes and subtleties of the miniature world that is in front of the lens. Although this will not be obvious on these small web images, the amount of detail that the large sheet of film can record is astonishing - it is almost hyper-real. Finally, the control of perspective and planes of focus with the camera's movements is often essential to record this type of scene.

The master of this type of photography is David Ward - see the links page. His images are usually enigmatic, and always challenging.
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