Landscape photography showcases the natural world around us, from the drama of a stormy sea to mountains shrouded in mist. Landscape photographers bring these elements to life, working with light and composition to transport the viewer to another place.…
Landscapes have not always been a central point of interest for artists. Up until the 18th Century, they were typically a backdrop for the main subject of paintings. However, beginning in the late 1700s, a shift in attitudes began to take place in all domains of thought, from the visual arts to the sciences. This movement was known as Romanticism, and saw a surge in art, literature and music that emphasised the beauty of nature rather than dealing with humanistic dramas. Instead of classical imagery and religious scenes, artists began to paint the atmospheric and untouched landscapes that are now so iconic of this period.
This societal change occurred during the early days of photography, just as technology allowed for more portable cameras that people could take with them on trips. Throughout the 19th Century, landscape photographs tended to emulate their painted counterparts and were an attempt to depict nature as faithfully as possible. It wasn’t until the early 20th Century that innovators such as Edward Steichen radically changed what it meant to be a landscape photographer. His 1904 piece, Moonlight: The Pond is an ethereal depiction of trees reflected in a moonlit pond that appears almost dreamlike, departing from the realism of the preceding century.
Looking to begin or expand your landscape photography collection? Let us be your guide. At Rise Art, we showcase a diverse range of landscape photographers who are redefining the genre today. Marianne Nix has her feet firmly rooted in the traditions of landscape photography, yet she is unafraid to mix things up in her artwork by combining photography with oil paint glazes and impasto to create surreal and evocative images.
Prefer something that breaks conventions entirely? You might not recognise Gina Parr’s work as photography at first, as these abstracted pieces take inspiration from the painted medium. Look a little closer and you’ll see suggestions of the natural world in these unique pieces that blur the lines between different art forms.
For landscape photography that stays closer to the tradition, take a look at the work of Geoffrey Ansel Agrons. This American photographer takes simple natural scenes and imbues them with his own sense of quiet melancholy, depicting a fraught relationship between humans and their environment. These understated photographs make a beautiful addition to any space in the home.
Finally, Andrew Lever is a landscape photographer who knows how to capture images that make an impact. A celebration of the great outdoors, his photography features everything from surfers riding across a sunset horizon to the lush vegetation of Asian jungles. So effective is his work that he earned himself the title of Photographer of the Year from New Zealand Geographic Magazine in 2012, and an honorable mention from National Geographic the following year.