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    WW1 landscapes

    Pinhole photograps taken this year at the site of the battle for Passchendaele by New Zealand photographer Brett Killington:

    http://www.64stops.com/html/landscap...scape_001.html

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    I know the region and can confirm that aside of war-cementaries and the respective road-signs all over there is hardly anything that reminds the uninitiated of what happened there before.

    Chosing the perspective of a trenched soldier is one possible approach.
    The way he photographed those views, they lose any reference to that place in location and time.

    A lack, or a universal approach to war?



    (Be aware that aside of those "landscape" views he also did more documentary work designated "tunnels".)

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    The tunnel photographs were more interesting, as you say the "landscape" views lacked any identifying geographic features and could have been any number of locations.

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    Worst quality and composition I have ever seen. May be something wrong at IE but what I see is terrible. If these photographs echo in APUG , What can not !

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    Reading his introduction the entire body takes on a significant meaning. Creative and unique.
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    "Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."

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    I have seen many excellent pinhole photographs but these are the worst I have ever seen. Perhaps a problem with the scans?
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    With exposure times of 24h under natural lighting a low contrast image has to be expected.

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    Terrible. Total waste of film and my time to look at it.

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    People, he was not attempting pretty chocolate box landscapes here. I'm not overly enamored with them but respect it as a project and the historical perspective he was attempting. But really? Waste of film? Worst ever? A bit harsh and over the top I think...
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    C'mon. "Documentary photography" is a term that connotes a serious intent. Mixing pinhole cameras with that makes it into just playing games. Piddling around. I see no redeeming quality in this repeated infatuation with re-inventing the wheel. So all of us in the photographic "know", know a tiny pinprick in an oatmeal tube can cast an image. So what? Non-photographic people don't know that. All they see is a blurry picture. And all I see is a blurry picture. Pointless.
    If you want to do a documentary of the locations of trench warfare, get a camera with a lens and get busy.

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