3 September 2016

small landscapes




One of things I have confirmed to myself since embarking on my picture making on the shoreline is that large landscapes are made up of numerous smaller ones, and they in turn are made up of even smaller landscapes . . . and so-on, to where a microscope intervenes between camera and viewer. I like these minature places as they often have quite close resemblances to the landscapes that contain them. I find it interesting to bring out aspects of ambiguity in the images I make, so that scale may be uncertain, sky may be sea, rock may be water, time short (before the tide returns) and long (so slow is the pace of erosion).

After I have recorded a small landscape I try to place some of them in a supporting frame which I use both to contain it and bring forward fro where it it found.  That happens here, back on the computer.

I am still learning about this process and endeavouring to find strategies to secure or extend particular planes, shapes and forms, without significently altering them from what I first saw and recorded. But what is perhaps more subjective about this framing is how it is going to work with an actual picture frame.

The way the lens actually limits what can be secured by the camera often results in a new emphasis. Before the viewfinder or screen frames the small landscape the camera makes,  that image remains situated within all the other overlapping and superimposed landscapes of which it is just one small part, and amongst which it can be so easily overlooked.

Framing, both digital and for hanging, should contribute to the making of a picture. I am a bit late in the discovery of this, perhaps. So at the moment I am setting about framing a number of the images shown in the flickr album linked below; Pool Calm has already received the picture framing treatment, very successfully I think  (sorry— I can't show the result here) which has set me on this track . . .

flickr album: small compositions