Well I may as well be one of the first. It's always good to have a forum like this dedicated to art and in particular photography. I hope it takes off, I'll be keping an eye on things!
I am a photographer and have been for over 15 years. I specialize in black & white photography and more specifically b&w landscapes. My site is at TobyDeveson.com where alot of my work can be seen.
So, he thinks to himself, do I make this a "hello, please look at my website" sort of a post or do I pose a topic and discussion and see where it goes....hmmm!
Keeping it relevant, is Landscape photography still seen as the easy option to take, the distant cousin to figurative photography, reportage, portraiture and documentary?
Sure the psychological, mental side to it may be easier. No one other that yourself to deal with. But if it is an easier, poorer option why are there so few decent images out there. Why is there so much mediocre and dare i say it shit work floating around. I cant remember the last time I saw a body of work that took my breath away and left me green with envy. Including Ansel Adams....
They say the cream rises to the top. Well where is the cream? Why is it if I go to a book shop, exhibition or browse the net for some documentary (the other strand to my work) I find a reasonable amount of excellent work (yes there is alot of rubbish too), but if I look for an equivalent high standard of landscapes...nothing. It's not the subject matter of documentary work. i.e war zones, dismembered bodies or tragic stories of human despair making the work more powerful. I look beyond that at the quality of work. If you are going to stuff a lense into someones face while they are suffering at least dont offend them with producing mediocre work and rely on their plight to make your name. (In the same way as if taking a landscape, dont rely on nature to give you an image, create something different and unique).
So again, assuming there are the same amount of landscape photographer as documentary etc, where is the quality work???
Is landscape photography easier? Am I just a cynic with a big chip on his shoulder?
Discuss...hmmmm...or just visit my site