Gently rolling hills

2012, Photography

Vineyards on some gently rolling hills catch some early morning sun, while modern windmills catch a light breeze to provide energy for a new day just west of one of Germany’s oldest city, Worms in Rheinland-Pfalz. And makes me refocus on my landscape photography, which I slowly started to miss and learned to appreciate again.

Gently rolling hills

Photograph by Wouter Brandsma

9 thoughts on “Gently rolling hills

  1. Nice to read and see this. It had been your landscape-photography that made me think about changing from film to digital photography. It’s true! Back in 2008 I was looking for something to replace my Contax T. At flickr I stumbled upon your pictures. Than you wrote leading words about the Ricoh GX100. Small, nicely build, good UI and top of all, the possibility to click on an EVF or OVF. That was the turning point. I didn’t care about the small sensor. I bought the GX200 and never regret it. Since than, I followed your work here on your blog. Despite your landscape pictures, your cityscapes had always been worth looking at. You called it stroll photograpy ones. Let me say it in my words: I was amazed about your way to develop your own style of subjective photography. Which means, that you always tried to express and document some feelings and emotions in reflection on the reality. In this respect, photography is a very tricky thing, because the camera is a nearly neutral piece of technology. It sees everything. The good things and the failures too. What so ever, you found your path trought exposure, framing, focuspoint and so on. You obtained a personal kind of photographic expression. The weekly picture project was showing a lot of this. But the subjective style is only one side of photography. The other side is marked by the essential photography. The photographer tries to read reality and getting out the essence, the character of what he sees. He uses the advantage of technological neutrality. Regarding this, it’s not a matter of struggling with landscape or cityscape photography. There is no competition between those two realitys. No, the competition is runing between subejective and essential photography. It’s a permanent struggle of self research, what photography means to us. If you are turning back to landscape photography now, I’ll be very thrilled to see, how you cope with it after your very personal and subjective weekly project. For my sensation, landscape photography is more on the essential side. Are you turning back in this respect too?

    Well, many words. Now, let pictures speak. Cheers – KUM

    1. I have the feeling for myself that I try to figure out somewhere to blend emotions and reality together. I used to do landscape photography because it brought me in a more quieter state of mind. At some point I needed and wanted more excitement. To be forced harder on recognizing and observing something interesting. A long desire, a desire I had since the mid Nineties to do street photography. During that path however I gently moved into a direction where expressing some (personal) emotion became almost second nature. I gradually realized I moved away from street photography and with my PAD project I gave it the name stroll photography. I am still on that path, but want to use my stroll to calm my thoughts and to take away some of the constrains of everyday life. Unlike landscape photography for instance, street photography is something I consider much more high intensive. It basically got to a point where I was more aware of observing than photographing. I want to enjoy having that photograph again.

      The thing with what you describe as essential photography is that I consider that highly subjective too. In my opinion there is no such thing as objective reality. As a photographer you always make constant decisions on leaving something out of frame to get to what you think and feel is the essence. What I extract might be different from what you would leave outside the composition.

      Am I turning back to the more or less essential side of photography? I yet don’t know. Much of my photography lately (especially the last two years) where very much about feelings. Feelings I had. And it was more darkness than I wanted it to be. I need and want light though. Light is energy. It might happen that much of the things I consciously and subconsciously learned blend together with my desire to make landscape photographs again. So I agree with you KUM, let the pictures do the talking instead. Thank you.

  2. There’s a kind of placid vastness in your photos. One of the things that’s interesting to me is the fact that rather than annoy me for their intrusiveness, the wind turbines actually contribute to the composition. They belong. Lovely work. Ken

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