Photography has always been one of my hobbies and fused with the professional interests in geography and geo-story. There are boxes and boxes of transparencies taken in Britain and abroad and now, of course, folders in digital format. I also enjoyed a role as adviser and running workshops for Colliers Green Focus.
I was inspired by Geoff Dyer’s (2005) book ‘The Ongoing Moment‘, London: Little, Brown.
“I wanted, among other things, to look at photographs to see what new knowledge I could derive from them… The only way to do this was to see how different people photographed the same thing.” (page 7)
Dyer also quotes Dorothea Lange who said “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
I like that. And this…
“Photography for me, is a way to make myself slow down in places, and really take in what there is to see.” Jennifer Ferreira (external link)
The Ongoing Moment photoset on Flickr.
Lines in the Landscape
Often representing human impact on the environment, lines are usually a harsh intrusion on the landscape. Nature tends not to do ‘straight’ so lines indicate our human modifications or an attempt to superimpose our own sense of order and efficiency on what is otherwise a more natural setting. Southern England has no true wildscape and, even as it continues to change, and evidence of our human landscape is everywhere. As a geographer, I think it is important that photographs convey their place, as appropriate, and I have located and geo-tagged them all in this set.
Lines in the landscape photoset on Flickr.
See the Flickr photostream and photosets reflecting interests in photography and landscape. [opens in a new window]
“I have never taken a picture for any other reason than that at that moment it made me happy to do so.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
These days my photos are posted, with a more restricted sharing, on Facebook – and Marg, who has always taken great photos, now posts some of hers there, too.