Is it just me, or do I get the impression that APUG is dominated by LF landscape, Ansel Adam lovers?
“The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”
I occasionally feel the same, but my own work could not be farther from that...
Looking at the gallery, I don't necessarily get that feeling. Maybe we just make that connection to landscapes shot in BW because his were so prolific?
No I disagree, but I do not like shooting portraits myself.
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Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Strange, I don't find this to be the case at all. Quite the opposite. I find APUG to be mostly interested in Portraiture, "decisive moments"/HCB-lovers, and alternative processes (lith, multi-toning etc).
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It's not surprising that landscape features strongly in APUG in the form of large format photography.
Landscape as a genre offers a rich metaphoric space for visual commentary on virtually everything except perhaps the minutae of ever shifting personal relations. The messages of landscape are carried in its textures, tones, and spaces and these qualities are just what the slow but fine large format camera accesses better than anything else.
But it's not all one thing at APUG. I bet there are even some beguiled members of the Henri Cartier-Bresson fan club here, maybe a Minox enthusiast or two, and doubtless some digital lurkers. E pluribus unum and all that.
Photography, the word itself, invented and defined by its author Sir John.F.W.Herschel, 14 March 1839 at the Royal Society, Somerset House, London. Quote "...Photography or the application of the Chemical rays of light to the purpose of pictorial representation,..". unquote.
The late, great Per Volquartz described this as an incestuous relationship, and I suppose that he's right. On the other hand, he shot some glorious landscapes in the same geography that attracted St. Ansel... and landscape is perhaps the most accessible subject matter.
Originally Posted by cliveh
And one of the most patient.
Originally Posted by keithwms
Except maybe for graveyards. Those people are marvelously accessible and patient.
"The richness of the experience that occurs when one is exposed tangibly to a subject, material, or process is unmatchable in the abstract... Thus, when 'touch it,' 'taste it,' smell it' become the watchwords, the results are most often extraordinary. Equally extraordinary are the lengths to which people will go to avoid [that] experience."
— Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr., In Search of Excellence, 1982
This makes a lot of sense to me, about the view camera and landscape. A lot of photographers, I believe, feel that there's a natural progression to 'graduate' to bigger formats, as if they are better or more impressive. And when they start shooting sheet film, I think they realize how much more time and patience is required to set up a frame, that they sort of progress toward the landscape, to paraphrase Keith's post above, because the subject matter patiently waits for them to be ready.
Originally Posted by Maris
This was true for me when I went from 120 to 4x5, and I think it is in that transition that people either go 'woohoo, I found the perfect tool', or 'this isn't working for me'. Since so many people shoot landscape anyway, I just think that it's natural that so many folk shoot landscape with a view camera.
I cheer every time I see people breaking out of norms, shooting landscape with 35mm Tri-X or does street photography with a Hasselblad.
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera".
- Yousuf Karsh
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit".
I think its unfair categorising the APUG community based on what you see in the Galleries. I have been meaning to start a thread about it, because I think the galleries are pretty much dead.
Originally Posted by Klainmeister