Summary 6: Inthe Landscape Landscapephotography is used for many different industries, such as tourism: brochuresand postcards etc, google maps, gardening books etc. These industries depend onlandscape photography to be able to sell a product or showcase a place, andtherefore that image must be aesthetically pleasing. There are now, also manytechniques of how to capture certain landscapes, for example, thermal imaging,aerial mapping and sonic imaging. A landscape image shows the point of view ofa space, an environment, and sometimes includes human presence.
However, it issaid that landscape photography tells too much of the truth about a place. Inpaintings, the artist can exaggerate and accentuate the beauty in the image.Paintings show the idealistic view of the world, the picturesque beauty innature. Whereas in photography, the image will show exactly what is there, andthat is mechanical and industrial, which is the complete opposite.
The wordpicturesque originated as Italian, meaning the point of view of an artist.Picturesque landscape photography is also known as the beauty spot, and usesthe beauty of nature to escape the real and industrialization of the world. Thefamous early painter, Claude Gellee was able to combine all the best and mostbeautiful parts of a scene and create one landscape image. The other type oflandscape is the sublime, other known as the black spot. The sublime isassociated with danger, threatening and fearful. Everything ‘ugly’ in the world– such as industrialization war, the unknown and the dark etc. Nevertheless, itis ultimately the artists decision of which style they want to create, and thuswhich emotions they want to convey. For example, a forest can be beautifulnature, flourishing full of growth.
However, it can also be isolated, enclosedand terrifying. Dependent on what the photographer/painter wishes to promote,is whether they choose a picturesque or sublime style. In the nineteenthcentury, a specific photographic vision was identified, bringing a factualcategory into the mix. To produce an aesthetically pleasing photograph, theartist needs to focus on the composition of the image. Viewers are attracted tosymmetrical and proportional beauty.
One of the earliest techniques ofphotography was panoramas, which is still being used today to capture manydifferent views of a landscape.