Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Landscape or Something Else?

     This image was taken while on a road trip in Montana a couple of years ago. This is one of those images that I find hard to put a title or name to. Technically speaking, this is obviously a landscape photograph. Trees, mountains, clouds, grass, etc. If you look at it from that perspective, this is an image that has recorded a location in the great outdoors. Most people appreciate the beauty found in nature and this alone may cause a person to pause and examine the image.
    But another person may go a step further. Is there more to this photograph? The way this shot is composed may allow a viewer to read more into it. Can we attach human emotions, experiences or feelings to it? For example: If this picture was titled-"Mountain Grandeur", it would most likely lead us down a certain thought process. But if it was named-"Despair", that would lead us in another direction.
     When you examine this photograph, what directs your train of thought? The landscape nature of the picture or the composition? Would it be the photograph or the title? No doubt, as with anything to do with art, it would be different for each person.

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