To help develop your personal voice as an independent practitioner, it is important to acknowledge your subjective attitude towards the subjects you’re researching and photographing. Right now you’re dealing with themes around landscape.
Write an entry in your learning log (around 300 words) reflecting on any current and previous circumstances and experiences that you think may influence, or may have influenced, your view of the landscape. Describe how you think these factors might inform your ideas about landscape photography or related themes.
From the moment I was born my parents said I was looking around with wide eyes filled with curiosity. I took pleasure in every little thing and my Mum said seeing the world through me was a joy. The moment I could walk my chubby legs would carry me on adventures exploring the world around me. When I could read I would learn everything I could about the world, nature and animals. Reinforced with living in Scotland and touring the whole country, exploring the Scottish islands my love of the world increased and with it the passion for nature. When I think of the landscape I think of the places I explored as a child and the stunning scapes of Scotland which have a special place in my heart. Also the animals and nature which are united with the landscape and in turn ourselves. We all share the landscape. Living through the foot and mouth disease at close proximity made me realise the vulnerability of the animals. I grew up the more I learnt about the dark side of nature, the savagery and life and death happening every day. The little rabbit I gaze dreamily at, will it feed a stoat or some ruthless creature tomorrow. The way the spider web glitters. What creatures will meet a nasty end in its glittering embrace?
I prefer not to think of the violent and traumatic world of nature, I know it’s there, I’ve seen it myself. But I prefer to see the good side of nature and allow that to fill all the spaces that would otherwise be the home of the dark. It seems only natural I should see the landscape in such a way. That said there must be a part of me that still sees the dark parts of nature for the darkness or sadness at the world in my assignments, perhaps that is the way I can project those feelings that I seek to hide. Though produced in an upbeat happy way Assignment Three highlights the sadness of humanity and how much we miss. Which takes me back to my natural trait, seeing the positive, the beauty of the world, appreciating everything. The landscape is almost dreamlike, I savour the good, the positive, the joy of creation and the magic and wonder in the little things. I hide the darkness because it has no place with me but it is channelled through into my assignments where it can be used to create awareness, to hopefully inspire others and in turn be used for good.