By: David Ward
128 pages, Full colour throughout
In David Ward's critically acclaimed first book, "Landscape Within", he asked questions about human perception and the creative process and why photographers make images. David takes these deep explorations of photography a step further in his second book by studying what he considers to be the essential attributes of a successful landscape photograph; simplicity, ambiguity and beauty.
He looks in detail at how these concepts relate to his own images and also sets them within a wider context; relating, for instance, how the notion of beauty has been viewed by artists and psychologists and discussing how, although interpretations have changed over the centuries, it remains as relevant as ever today. He sets out exactly why he feels each attribute is important to photography - how the notion of simplicity, for example, is intimately related to the reductive approach adopted by photography in contrast to the complexity involved in building up a painting from layers of pigment...He also suggests how each concept relates to the others; how simplicity and ambiguity are, in a sense, aspects of beauty.
David always seeks to make his own images open to interpretation and in the final chapter,'Questions or Answers?', he suggests that all photographers' work either poses a question or seeks to impose the photographer's viewpoint. He goes on to investigate how photography affects our interpretation of the world around us and relates this to his own practice.
The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with David's stunning large-format landscape images, which reflect David's thoughtful and refined approach, tending toward abstraction rather than description and evoking deeper meaning from their subjects.
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