Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Landscape Research - Edward Burtynsky

“We come from nature.…There is an importance to having a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it... If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” - Edward Burtynsky 

When researching Burtynsky's work, I noticed that throughout many of the photographs that were captured by this photographer most had patterns incorporated into them. The patterns establish some sort of organisation conformed within a landscape. Each photograph has a theme of at least one shape running though it, creating interest and even making the viewer question if a landscape has been captured. I feel the photographs have an optical illusion type of effect, as the landscape is disguised through shapes and patterns. The patterns don't look manufactured, as the photographer has possibly brought their focus on what has been naturally created by the world. 



Kennecott Copper Mine, Bingham Valley, Utah, USA, 1983









Early Landscapes shows photographs that Burtynsky has captured, mainly presenting the nature through trees and lakes. I feel the photographs represented destruction of what once was a beautiful landscape has been annihilated.  


North Carolina, USA, 1979

Ontario, Canada, 1981

Ontario, Canada, 1981

Ontario, Canada, 1981

Ontario, Canada, 1981

Grasses
Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada, 1981


This was one of the photographs I have captured using the large format camera on 5" x 4" film. I feel that the photograph has a similarity to Burtynsky's Early Landscapes, it's mainly the way that the tree branches have fallen in order to naturally create an arch over the trail








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