Think about the two views below – what you can see – as compared to a landscape taken from ground level, a map, or Google Earth, and make some brief notes in your learning log.
Both these photographs are taken from a high viewpoint – both at an angle, but one shallower than the other. Photographing from high up allows us to see elements that we couldn’t see in the same way if these photos were taken from street level.
In the first photo, we get to see the patterns of lines that go around the little area of trees … Read the rest
One of the photographers who took part in New Topographics, Robert Adams, has continued to produce subtle, thought-provoking and environmentally aware photographs of natural scenery, juxtaposed with urban sprawl. He has been followed by many other photographers who have campaigned around environmental issues.
Review some of your holiday photos. Without worrying about the quality of the image to begin with, try and remember your motivation for taking them. You’ll probably identify a range of reasons – from wanting to record a view that took your breath away to thinking ‘I’ll never see the Taj Mahal again so I probably ought to take a picture’.
Of all my online photo albums, the one with photos that I remember the best is from a holiday to the Dominican Republic in 2011.
I remember the sunset on this night very vividly as it was just beautiful. … Read the rest
Make some notes in your learning log on the difference between these images in terms of point of view and the information the viewer can get from each of them.
The zoomed-out shot shows a much wider view of this townscape, and you’re probably seeing for miles. This is much like the photographer would have been able to see with the naked eye if he were stood in this position. We see the path, the field, the town, and the sky and clouds. Only the items nearest to us (the foreground) have a lot of visible detail. The further you … Read the rest