Something I found interesting…
about Deborah Bright’s ‘Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men’ & Rebecca McCauley’s ‘Australian Landscape Photography: The Colonial Project, The Panorama, Its Undoing’, was the way they spoke of our human connection to nature and how the ‘Landscape’ is a broad, yet specific attempt for people to communicate their perspective of the world around them and what it means to them.
Landscapes are a record of both the mysterious mother to our civilization, and a structure of resources from which we use to develop.
Like ‘Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men’ & ‘The Beholding Eye’ discuss, nature is considered the pure and the traditional; but as the universe molds us on a personal and social level, we shape the universe, & thus also nature in the traditional sense; creating a crossover of humankind and its environment in landscapes as art and as reality. This is why I believe the 2 are not opposing sides, but one in the same; A complex and fractal like combination of systems and energy moving in a certain direction to the various beats of time. Humankind and nature are one in the same, just like the bacteria inside our own bodies. Landscapes are deeply connected and rooted in our history and our being; they are our homes, our scene and our ambitions. From ancient stars, to crowded city streets, the landscape is overwhelming and enduring, yet personal and evocative.
McCauley, Bright and D.W. Meinig’s readings are a good introduction to what the landscape is and how the term came to be, & it was interesting to see respected article’s from different perspectives and times, discuss and structure the topics and ideas I have had around art, photography and landscapes.
– J. Lepani