Untended Landscapes

The grand landscapes or intimate details of landscapes are often fairly easy to photograph since it is often more obvious how to compose the image. Chaotic views of the landscape tend to be harder to photograph and share their story. A tangled mess of trees and shrubs can be both visually interesting while at the same time visually confusing. When you add black and white to that mix your image may become more abstract and harder to read. For me, the above photo almost verges on abstract largely because of the B&W and harder contrast. In color the image is completely obvious, but this one takes a little longer to see.

I've always been drawn to scenes of tangled undergrowth and overgrown forest areas that are nearly impassible. They are visually interesting, mysterious, and challenging on many levels. The photographs of these scenes often require the viewer to really pause and look at the image in order to see what it is. Some images become abstract art where the point is to just enjoy what you are looking at instead of trying to figure it out.

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I see some of my landscape moving in this sort of abstract landscape direction. Part of me wants to portray traditional landscapes, part wants to move beyond that and embrace the chaos that can be part of nature.