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The Art of Photography => Discussing Photographic Styles => Topic started by: texshooter on June 10, 2012, 12:47:02 AM

Title: Abstract landscapes
Post by: texshooter on June 10, 2012, 12:47:02 AM
Would someone recommend a few names of photographers who do amazing abstract landscapes. I'd like to look at their work for inspiration.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: shutterpup on June 10, 2012, 10:06:39 AM
Not sure what you mean by abstract. Michael Orton immediately came to my mind.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: ckimmerle on June 10, 2012, 11:17:33 AM
Not sure exactly what you're looking for, either, but you can check out the work of Cole Thompson
http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/ (http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/)
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Justan on June 10, 2012, 11:29:05 AM
A member here that goes by the name of John R does exceptional work.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: RSL on June 10, 2012, 12:10:25 PM
Not sure exactly what you're looking for, either, but you can check out the work of Cole Thompson
http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/ (http://www.colethompsonphotography.com/)

Right, Chuck, and the OP might want to check your own "New non-D800 images" over on User Critiques (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=67357.0). Those five shots sure remind me of some of Cole's work.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: texshooter on June 10, 2012, 03:15:41 PM
Here are a couple more:

Frank Grisdale >    http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=199 (http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=199)

Michael Levin  >    http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=175 (http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=175)

Susan Burnstine  >   http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=252 (http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=252)

Michael Massaia  >  http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=248 (http://www.photographersgallery.com/by_artist.asp?id=248)

Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: LoisWakeman on June 12, 2012, 08:17:08 AM
How about William Neill (http://www.williamneill.com/portfolios/impressions-of-light/index.html) and Leeming + Paterson (http://www.leemingpaterson.com/section522368_177986.html)?

Two fine proponents of ICM (intentional camera movements) - there are many others but these are my favourites so far.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Pete_G on June 12, 2012, 12:10:34 PM
Edward Burtynsky comes to mind.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: brianrybolt on June 26, 2012, 05:07:00 AM
Check out Mario Giacamelli. 

Brian
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: kmeyers on June 26, 2012, 05:47:15 AM
Brett Weston is the undisputed king of abstract. Old school as in film, but amazing vision.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: sailronin on June 26, 2012, 10:07:50 PM
Brett Weston without a doubt.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: LoisWakeman on June 27, 2012, 03:29:39 AM
Thanks for introducing me to Frank Grisdale's work, Tex.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: kmeyers on June 27, 2012, 03:59:03 AM
Check out Richard Garrod. Monterey photographer. He new and taught with most of the "masters" like Ansel, Brett Weston, Wynn Bullock and others.  He is still alive in his 80's and still extremely active in photography. 

http://richardgarrodphoto.com/ (http://richardgarrodphoto.com/)
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: bill t. on July 04, 2012, 12:46:25 AM
Marc Adamus slumps towards a kind of Technicolor Abstraction (http://www.marcadamus.com/gallery.php).  The kind of stuff I deplored in my stuck-up youth, but now have to grudgingly admire in my stuck-up old age.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: texshooter on July 05, 2012, 12:39:56 AM
chip phillips pushes the color too.

http://www.chipphillipsphotography.com/galleries (http://www.chipphillipsphotography.com/galleries)
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Rob C on July 12, 2012, 06:35:31 AM
Marc Adamus slumps towards a kind of Technicolor Abstraction (http://www.marcadamus.com/gallery.php).  The kind of stuff I deplored in my stuck-up youth, but now have to grudgingly admire in my stuck-up old age.


That, Bill, is because he does it very well. A brief study of 80s stock-shot catalogues would show how popular this style was.

Rob C
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Mjollnir on July 12, 2012, 01:06:20 PM
Marc Adamus slumps towards a kind of Technicolor Abstraction (http://www.marcadamus.com/gallery.php).  The kind of stuff I deplored in my stuck-up youth, but now have to grudgingly admire in my stuck-up old age.

Adamus freely admits he leans heavily on Photoshop, but his compositions trump any over-doing in post.

That, and he's got sort of this Eyvind Earle vibe to his stuff that I really like.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: John R on July 12, 2012, 10:32:36 PM
Here is one that I would like to introduce people to: http://www.stephenpatterson.com/index.html (http://www.stephenpatterson.com/index.html)

While not strictly landscape, it is an example of what good abstract images are all about. And bear in mind, most of the images were taken with slide film, where what you see is what you get.

JMR
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Rob C on July 13, 2012, 06:32:55 AM
Here is one that I would like to introduce people to: http://www.stephenpatterson.com/index.html (http://www.stephenpatterson.com/index.html)

While not strictly landscape, it is an example of what good abstract images are all about. And bear in mind, most of the images were taken with slide film, where what you see is what you get.JMR




Now that's a bit of a far-fetched one! It's no more set in stone with film than it is with digital: scanning and computers have bent the rules. Even before digital came humping its way down the lane we could manipulate film in all sorts of ways - not as easily, I grant you - but the literal representation was left far behind when one chose so to leave it. Hell, your photographer should know, having been around Hass for a couple of years!

Regarding the site: I think he has a great eye for shape but, in my view, he destroys much of what he has by doing fanciful treatments that, in the end, I feel take away from the basic honesty and worth of what he has going for him underneath the visual schmaltz. I am no lover of candy-coloured sandmen.

Rob C
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: John R on July 14, 2012, 06:37:22 PM
OK Rob, your point is taken, photographs are not reality and can and are often manipulated. However, I don't think there is any comparison between today's manipulations with PS and digital files and the manipulations done with film. Mr Patterson and others went all over the continent doing shows with slides right out of the camera long before digital. Except for Orton's that were done by sandwiching two slides, and other sandwiching techniques, the images were done in-camera using multiple exposure and -camera or subject movement- techniques. In the days before digital he discovered that the camera can still be used to create incredible imagery.  I understand, today even he does Orton work digitally. I don't think he was trying to be pure. And my whole point is to emphasize how good the work is considering it was done with slides. I think the compositions, regardless of some manipulations, and the large body of work, is the best I have seen on the net in terms of abstract-like work.

JMR
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: texshooter on August 11, 2012, 09:05:20 PM
Huntington Witherill.
floral abstracts

http://www.huntingtonwitherill.com/gallery/index/gallery/photosynthesis (http://www.huntingtonwitherill.com/gallery/index/gallery/photosynthesis)
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: bill t. on August 11, 2012, 09:50:04 PM
Can't believe I didn't mention Ted Orland!  Former Ansel Adams assistant gone horribly wrong, and author of "Art and Fear."  We shared a print washer and dryer for many years.

http://www.tedorland.com/panoramas/panorama.html
http://www.tedorland.com/

(http://www.tedorland.com/panoramas/images/ocean_summer.jpg)
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: sdwilsonsct on August 13, 2012, 09:12:36 AM
Great thread. Thanks for all these suggestions. I look forward to going through them more carefully as the days grow shorter.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: AndyS on August 14, 2012, 03:06:03 PM
Again, not quite sure what you're looking for, but you might like to check out the work of the UK based Large Format photographer David Ward:

 http://www.into-the-light.com/ (http://www.into-the-light.com/)


Regards,
Andrew
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Frank Sirona on August 23, 2012, 05:21:59 PM
Interesting question, and the answer will strongly depend on what you call an "abstract landscape". Do you mean abandoning the classic foreground-middleground-background sort of composition, with a visible horizon and some sky, in favor of more graphical compositions having a stronger focus on structures and details?

My impression is that recently (means: during the past decades) there is a clear trend in serious landscape photography exactly in this direction, so many if not all of those I would rate todayīs top notch landscape photographers are doing exactly what I would call "abstract landscapes". Although one would have to admit that this style goes back at least to Ansel Adams, who (besides his classically composed shots) created quite a number of such abstract images. In fact, this does not come as a surprise because, by its very nature, black-and-white photography perfectly lends itself for an abstract way of seeing (actually, when you buy a roll of b/w film, you already have paid for abstract results).

Examples? You might like:

- Michael Kenna (http://www.michaelkenna.net/) (b/w)
- Eliot Porter (http://www.cartermuseum.org/collections/porter/) (whom you might call the granddaddy of color landscape photography)
- Christopher Burkett (http://www.christopherburkett.com/) (color)
- Charles Cramer (http://www.charlescramer.com/) (color)

And in case youīre prepared and donīt mind some shameless self-promotion here, you might also want to have a look at

- Frank Sirona (http://www.franksirona.com/galleries_04_02_e.html) (color)

which is me, so of course I canīt claim that the latter is doing *amazing* landscapes, which is what you were asking for. But what I can claim is that Iīm doing landscapes, and that the idea of abstraction plays an important role for me.

Finally, in addition to the highly valued David Ward who was already mentioned by another poster, his british friend and colleague Joe Cornish does a lot of - now again amazing - abstract landscapes. Unfortunately, the current version of Joeīs website does not do justice to the quality of his work. But there is a book I can recommend without restrictions: Joeīs "First Light (http://www.amazon.com/First-Light-Landscape-Photographers-Art/dp/1902538242/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1345755905&sr=8-4&keywords=joe+cornish)", full of absolutely outstanding landscape photographs, together with the authorīs thoughts that are highly worth reading.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Nacnud on August 24, 2012, 08:05:24 AM
I've long been an admirer of Simon Nicholas White.
If textures float your boat, then you need look no further!
http://www.simonnicholaswhite.com/archivegallery/gallery-simonnic.html
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: bill t. on August 25, 2012, 03:47:05 AM
John Paul Caponigro (http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/gallery/slideshow.php) has unique and very elegant take on abstract landscape.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: james-greenland on October 16, 2012, 04:46:59 PM
And in case youīre prepared and donīt mind some shameless self-promotion here, you might also want to have a look at

- Frank Sirona (http://www.franksirona.com/galleries_04_02_e.html) (color)

which is me, so of course I canīt claim that the latter is doing *amazing* landscapes, which is what you were asking for. But what I can claim is that Iīm doing landscapes, and that the idea of abstraction plays an important role for me.

Frank: checked out the website. The canyons series is great. Flame of Stone was the perfect way to open it for me. Definitely a hit in my book.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Beerfueled on October 18, 2012, 08:55:37 AM
I like Bernhard Edmaier:

http://bernhardedmaier.reacore.net/site/en/was.bilder.idx
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: RFPhotography on October 22, 2012, 08:29:33 AM
Freeman Patterson (http://www.freemanpatterson.com/)

Andre Gallant (http://andregallant.com/)

Not sure if anyone mentioned Tony Sweet (http://tonysweet.com/).
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Frank Sirona on October 30, 2012, 07:11:23 PM
Frank: checked out the website. The canyons series is great. Flame of Stone was the perfect way to open it for me. Definitely a hit in my book.

James: Great to hear that you liked it - thanks for your feedback!

Best,

Frank
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Fine_Art on November 21, 2012, 08:33:42 PM
Art Wolfe has some with a variety of abstract themes:
-looks like a painting
-looks like a pattern
-looks like a fractal

http://prints.artwolfe.com/#s=5&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&p=1&a=3&at=0 (http://prints.artwolfe.com/#s=5&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&p=1&a=3&at=0)
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: davidsontracy93 on December 20, 2012, 04:57:24 AM
John Paul Caponigro (http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/gallery/slideshow.php) has unique and very elegant take on abstract landscape.

Hey i am impressed with the photography. Saw the site. Really cool pics! I would like to contact the person How can i get his email id?
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: LoisWakeman on December 20, 2012, 08:53:44 AM
Hey i am impressed with the photography. Saw the site. Really cool pics! I would like to contact the person How can i get his email id?

How about by using the contact page on the web site? http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/about/contact.php - it took me all of 2 seconds to find the info.  ;)
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: Frank Sirona on December 20, 2012, 01:50:07 PM
How about by using the contact page on the web site?

WAY too easy. Thatīs for those who donīt seek the challenge.
Title: Re: Abstract landscapes
Post by: texshooter on May 02, 2013, 07:38:11 PM
My new fav

http://www.kathleenclemonsphotography.com/