Redefining what « Landscape Photography » stands for is a valuable exercice. Sometimes, it’s more than helpful, for photographers, to stop and think for two minutes what Photography is all about. It’s a good idea to rebuild what is supposed to be admit and shared by everybody as a definitive and immovable truth.
Pre-digested creative approaches are our worst ennemies. For sure, these preconceptions of the « Best Supposed Way to See This Type Of Landscape » are not there at random ! They certainly are the ones most appreciated by the vast majority of us… But does this means there is no other way to see what is in front of your lenses ? And… Are we supposed to serve this this « vast majority ? »…
Each of us will have our own answer to this question. Based upon my own experiences, I think it’s more important, in many ways, to be thinking and asking questions than it is to have THE « right » answer. The benefit of it is to be able to step backward and be ready for a disruptive thought, an uncommon approach .
When making photograph of a forest, what is the essence of it ? Do we have to get the whole view of it, do we need to restore the tree’s roots and summits ?, do we have to close the perimeter ? Is there any rule as far as tree species are concerned ?
One obvious question at this point is : What does it matter ? Actually, it does not mean all that much when we are photographing out in the field. But when you publish or exhibit, is it important to consider what are your public expectations ?
imperceptibly, your creative behaviour will tend to be a marketing strategy and your spontaneous ardors will transmogrify in calculated recipes even if maintaining consistent quality.
As a rule of thumb, I have always believed that if I shot this landscape as I did, this certainly was because something specific addressed me when I released the shutter button. If my technical skills do not betray me, then, I have the pretention to think that my image will , at least, address somebody else !!
This Moment page and the next one are two examples of a same approach photographying a forest : depict it as a vertical intertwining of logs. Because the tree species differ, the resulting image differs but the concept is the same one.