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Title: Alternative Landscapes: From Without
Authors: Liggins, Andrea
Keywords: landscapes
trees
plants
flowers
National Parks
photography
Issue Date: May-2003
Publisher: Photo Works North
Citation: LIGGINS, A. 2003. Alternative Landscapes: From Without. Source : Photographic Review. 35/ Summer. 8 pages plus cover.
Abstract: The research question investigated the notion that the fixed scopic regime of the surveyor places landscape in the position of other, at a distance, and creates a set of value systems based entirely upon a scene’s picturable qualities, the worthiness of the view. This research prompted the necessity to explore other ways of engaging with the landscape through photographic practice to engender a greater sense of involvement, not only with the sublime areas of National Parks but with the ordinary, the ‘typicalities’, the hedgerows, the lowland peat- bogs and the grasslands. The work engaged with these ideas in two ways: firstly the camera was positioned at ground level and in familiar places; and secondly there was an attempt to move away from the authority of Cartesian perspective and the fixed vision of the gaze, to a more fluid and obscure representation of the subject. The landscape photographs published do not seek the purity of the wilderness or the authority of the view, but concentrate on the familiar, the home ground and the private; intimate personal landscapes, places to look out from and not at. The places of the imagery are unfixed, mutable, sites that remain unable to be categorised. The use of lightweight cameras with plastic lenses, with very low resolution, strips away the formality of the image, and defies the production of maximum detail.
Description: The research questions for the work also formed the basis for a paper entitled, ‘Landscape Photography and the Conservation/Destruction of the Natural Environment’ in 'Still Visions, Changing Lives, Tourism and Photography' conference, Sheffield Hallam University. www.tourism-culture.com
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10875/98
ISSN: 1369-2224
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