More about the new 52-week project

Date: 9th November 2021
Location: Isle of Wight
Category: Photography

So, yesterday I mentioned that I have loads of photos of “details” (click on the link to read more about the types of details I shoot)

I am not a classic landscape photographer. When I’m travelling or when I go for a walk, I might “snap” some landscapes as records of a view. Sometimes I get lucky and capture something beautiful that I am happy to call a decent “landscape” photo. Most of the time though, I am looking at the details in the environment and landscape around me.

Holistic Details: July 2020

I definitely do not take the standard view of something. Why? Because the world has many thousands of photos of that thing photographed from the same perspective. Think about the many hundreds of thousands of pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal that swamp the internet. Looking holistically means looking differently – using fresh eyes and a curious attitude.

Using deconstruction to look holistically

A deconstructed landscape or cityscape is an excellent way to look holistically. I made this deconstructed cityscape from a visit to Prague in 2015.

(c) Deborah Ann Stott 2015

What is a deconstructed landscape?

“It’s an entirely different approach to landscape photography”, begins Benvie. “Where traditional landscape photography concentrates on the single image, and getting the message across in a single image, the deconstructed landscape is more about the journey towards and through that landscape. It’s more of a non-prescriptive approach to landscape photography, creating more of a visual feast and placing the viewer in the scene”. Source: Niall Benvie: Deconstructed Landscapes

Benvie also says this: “Deconstruction presents the landscape in an entirely fresh way. The many elements that comprise it are shown in explicit close up, rather than diminished by a wide-angle lens, providing the viewer with a detailed account not of topography or form, but of the fabric of the place. These elements are brought  together in a large composite image, arranged according to their position in the landscape”.

I’ve done a little bit of this in the past (with and without text), and I’m super keen to do more of it and hopefully develop my skill and perhaps my own style in it. As with most things, its the practice that will help me do this, so here I go!

That is my project – 52 deconstructed landscapes or town or village-scapes (look at me making up words!) of the special places on the Isle of Wight.

I have every intention of sharing my journey here, at least once a week. So hold thumbs that I will do it!

Until next time, take care and be safe!


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