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    thoughts on social landscape photography

    My latest photography assignment is to shoot a social landscape and present 10 photos to the teacher. I'm wondering what "social landscape" means to other photographers. Any thoughts?

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    It could be just about anything. I would suspect that they are looking for some "social" significance in the picture. Whatever that is to you. Just have a story on why the print is important.

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    You can approach the "social" thingy in two ways.

    On the one hand, take a deadpan, apparently banal picture of something significant ("this is the tuft of grass over which so-and-so did something major"). That's the conceptual art school approach.

    On the other hand, you can look for graphic evidence of something. For instance, very old staircases made of stone have these impressive grooves in them because of time and usage. That's the more traditional approach.

    Finally, you might want to ask your teacher what the heck "social landscape" means.
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    A perfect definition if you ask me...

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    Well essentially reading as a landscape photographer is "Yi Fu Tuan - A Sense of Place, or preferably if you can find it Topophilia". Although a geographer his writings are about how we use the space around us. All my own landscape work is about man's impact on the landscape and Tuan's books are very useful helping contextualise my photography.

    Of course he writes heavily about the social landscape.

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    you know, party pictures

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    At the time I read this Mooseontheloose had just posted a very good example to the gallery. http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=35320

    A man who teaches it, has won a Fulbright to photograph it, is Andrew Borowiec.
    Look for his book "Along the Ohio" or the more recent one, “Industrial Perspective: Photographs of the Gulf Coast”. The later subject is the petrol chemical landscape of the LA and TX coast. It is shot in 6x17cm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Murray View Post
    My latest photography assignment is to shoot a social landscape and present 10 photos to the teacher. I'm wondering what "social landscape" means to other photographers. Any thoughts?
    No fair. What does it mean to you ?

    Better yet, where are the pictures ?
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