An Intimate Landscape

November 11, 2023

I have had a camera close by since I was a very young child.  I have always, and I mean always, enjoyed taking pictures starting with my Brownie Box camera in the 1950s.  During my college years, while I was pursuing studies related to nature and coastal geology, I began to get more serious about photography and started. shooting with an SLR loaded, usually, with Kodachrome 64 color slide film.  Occasionally I shot black and white film which I developed and printed myself.  When I first discovered Ansel Adams’ work I was mesmerized.  Then I found a book by Eliot Porter who veered away from the traditionalist monochromatic landscape photography of the 1930s and ’40s and shot in color.  I first saw Porter’s work in a book in the 1970s.  His isolation of small areas within a landscape was very interesting.  I found his “intimate landscapes”, as he called them, to showcase pockets of beauty and, to me, serenity that nature provides.  He appreciated color, texture, and pattern in a way that I related to and I have never forgotten the lessons I gained from his work. While I love shooting majestic sunrises and sunsets, and all the likes they receive on social media, a photograph such as this one is closer to my personal art.  This patch of thick marsh grass shot on Assateague Island a couple of days ago is reminiscent of the eye of Eliot Porter, if I am not too presumptuous in making this comparison.  So, I hope you enjoy this simple intimate landscape that highlights color, texture, pattern and form.  Enjoy.

Fish Wars
Chincoteague Sunrise

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