The Road to Paradise, Mossel Bay South Africa , 2005
Reserve your View, Mossel Bay South Africa , 2005
I have always liked and been influenced by the work of the New Topographic photographers, a photographic school started by people like Robert Adam, Stephen Shore, Lewis Baltz and Joel Sternfeld. So, when my massive book called "American Prospects" by Joel Sternfeld arrived today all the way from Amazon, I thought I'd post these for fun. For those of you that are not familiar with this sort of stuff and perhaps see it as rather bland, these photographers challenged the traditional views of (mostly American) landscape photography which essentially focused on the pretty (such as Ansel Adams and other pictorialists) - - by presenting a more everyday and realistic view of the American landscape, one which has been tainted by man, rather than the unspoilt nature that we might
fantazise about. For those of you that might wish to explore this further, the seminal portfolio by Stephen Shore is called "Uncommon Places". Both this and Joel Sternfeld's book are massive beautiful portfolios.