At the time of completing this project, I was interested in landscape photography, and therefore designed and created this series of photographs based on the principles of landscape photography.
I positioned the camera parallel to the horizon in order to keep the photographs in the landscape orientation, captured photographs where people not the main subject and were occasionally instead used as comparisons to the size of the landscape within the frame, and captured photographs of particular and specific external environments and vistas.
To create my juxtaposing visual style in my final photographs, I took them at different times of the day at different locations, ensuring that there was something unique about each photograph. I also captured many landscapes which convey concepts relating to either the natural world or common qualities of the majority of humanity, which created further expressive juxtaposition and enhanced my visual style. I edited a couple of these photographs in Lightroom in order to further convey the implicit meanings within my photographic work and to compensate for the decreased creative control that I had by photographing a natural environment that I could not necessarily directly modify.
My photograph of the leafless tree signifies to me the power of solidarity and the strength of standing out because the leafless tree is so dominant in the photograph compared to other evergreen trees which are only small features of the background. Due to the fact that I took this photograph using the monochrome picture style it also simply displays the beauty and terror of nature because I am inclined to view the monochrome as representing the decay of the tree but also the start of its rejuvenation. The vignette around the edges of the photograph makes me think that some sort of dark or evil force is creeping towards the tree and trying to destroy the last remaining stronghold of nature.
When editing my photograph of the clouds, I heavily accentuated the contrast between the coloured clouds and the juxtaposing dark patches of sky to further emphasise the photograph’s visual depiction of the eternal fight between positive and negative forces in the natural world and also in human civilisations.
My photograph of the sunrise is the only one that I did not edit in some way with Lightroom. It simply conveys to me the hope and possibilities of a new dawn and the opportunities that can arise at any moment. Together, these three photographs encompass the essence of our world — the natural world and the constructed world of human society. There is always something to be gained by standing out from the crowd, even in the face of difficult times, and there will always be an intricate relationship between what is perceived to be good and what is perceived to be evil, but despite all this there is always an opportunity for and hope of growth and improvement in the future.