1.3(b) The Influence of Landscape Painting on Photography

In the second part of this exercise I will look at a number of historical and contemporary photographs that strongly reference the visual conventions of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Some of these photographers have been directly influenced by painters, for example Scott McFarland revisited Constable’s skies, Elina Brotherus studied great paintings and revisited ideas that spoke to her and Stephen Shore used Claude Lorrain’s Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba as inspiration for his study of Los Angeles. Others are simply exploring the landscape in a way that is reminiscent of some of the painters I have previously considered (here).

Contemporary photography is constantly finding new ways to look at the landscape, and indeed to define new parts of the land as landscape but it is inevitable that the painterly traditions, conventions and subjects resurface in new and exciting ways. André Gide wrote:

“”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

The possibilities for this exercise are endless so by necessity what follows is a small selection whose only common attribute is that as Georgia O’Keefe once said of Stieglitz’s photographs:

“They are aesthetically, spiritually significant in that I can return to them …… with always a feeling of wonder and excitement” (1)

The Sublime - Untitled by Richard Misrach 2007

The Sublime:  – Untitled by Richard Misrach 2007

Pastoral: Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall - Simon Roberts 2007

Pastoral: Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall from the series We English – Simon Roberts 2007

Constable's Skies: The Hampstead Series - Scott McFarland 2007

Constable’s Skies: From the Hampstead Series – Scott McFarland 2007

Claude Lorrain: La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, California - Stephen Shore 1975

Claude Lorrain: La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, California – Stephen Shore 1975

Realism: From the series Farmwork - Colin Shaw 1988

Realism: From the series Farmwork – Colin Shaw 1988

The Mundane: Bradford England - Hans Van Der Meer 2006

The Mundane: Bradford England  from the series European Fields – Hans Van Der Meer 2006

Friedrich's Everyman: Der Wanderer 3 - Elina Brotherus 2003

Friedrich’s Everyman: Der Wanderer 3 from the series New Painting – Elina Brotherus 2003

Topography and Cartography: C 131 South - Mark Power 2003 -2006

Topography and Cartography: C 131 South from the series 26 Different Endings – Mark Power 2003 -2006

Perspective & Depth: Neeltje Jans, Holland from the series Moments Before the Flood - Carl de Keyser 2012

Perspective & Depth: Neeltje Jans, Holland from the series Moments Before the Flood – Carl de Keyser 2012

Monochromatic - From the series Norilisk - Alexander Gronsky

Monochrome: From the series Norilisk – Alexander Gronsky

Abstraction: Franco Fontana

Abstraction: Franco Fontana

Pictorial: Leonard Misonne

Pictorial: Leonard Misonne

Picturesque: Misty Gribdale - Joe Cornish

Picturesque: Misty Gribdale – Joe Cornish

Sources

Internet

(1) O’Keefe, Georgia (c1922) To MSS and its 33 subscribers and others who read and don’t subscribe! (accessed at Monoskop 24.1.17) – https://monoskop.org/images/c/c9/MSS_4_Dec_1922.pdf

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