Landscapes 2017 with Juror Lisa Volpe

May 19 - July 1, 2017

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Index
Star Lines
Sharon Lee Hart
Juror's Award
Artist's Website
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Blue Horizonline. Feiras da Luz, Acores
Robert Atwater
Index
Johnson Pond 5
Ivy Bigbee
Artist's Website
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Mule Deer Doe and Fawn
Amanda Breitbach
Artist's Website
Index
Cypress Trunk
Scott Canterbury Campbell
Artist's Website
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Mountain with Lights
Georgina Campbell
Artist's Website
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Panorama Drive, Oildale, CA
M. Carlebach
Artist's Website
Index
Life is a Beach
Dewey Chapman
Artist's Website
Index
Privet, Private
Mary Ciullo
Artist's Website
Index
Pleasantly Surprised
Pinque Clark
Artist's Website
Index
240 Apertures
Adam Crosson
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Bow Glacier, Banff National Park
Sean Du
Artist's Website
Index
Blue Skies
Suzanne Engelberg
Index
Congaree National Park, Main Boardwalk, 11-1pm
M. David Farrell, Jr.
Artist's Website
Index
Synapses
Aaron Feinberg
Artist's Website
Index
View of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Jason Flack
Artist's Website
Index
Temporary Landscape
Bryan Florentin
Index
Spirit Rock, San Geronimo
Doug Frost
Artist's Website
Index
The Sun is a Small Blue Dot
Sharon Lee Hart
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Backyard Sonoran
Sharon Lee Hart
Artist's Website
Index
Taco Bell & Store, Winnemucca, NV
Drew Harty
Artist's Website
Index
Western Farms
Scott Herndon
Juror's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Peak
Kevin Hoth
Artist's Website
Index
Borrego Springs No. 1
Adrienne Hughes
Artist's Website
Index
Underneath the Blackberry
Melinda Hurst Frye
Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
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Untitled
Yoichi Kawamura
Artist's Website
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Power. Lines.
Tim Kelly
Index
The Mountains
Jim Kostecky
Index
2015 Willow Fire, Willow, Ak.
J. Jason Lazarus
Artist's Website
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Intracoastal Parking
Noah Macfaden
Director's Award, Juror's Honorable Mention
Index
Museum Display, Wuhan, China
Ellen Mahaffy
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Mesa Arch
JC & Barbara Maxon
Artist's Website
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Unpacking: Landscape No. 28
David McCrae
Artist's Website
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Tent Rocks
Noah McLaurine
Juror's Honorable Mention, Director's Honorable Mention
Artist's Website
Index
Glen Canyon Dam, 2017 (Topo 85/Sat 15)
Carsten Meier
Artist's Website
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Marmore Mists
Natalie Morawsky
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Frozen Ground
Iva Nash
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:Redland Nursery 15
Marcus Newton
Artist's Website
Index
Transmission Tower and Single Family Home, St. Louis, 2015
Jeff Phillips
Artist's Website
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Wall - Maricopa, AZ.
Robert Harding Pittman
Artist's Website
Index
Merced River
Ronald J. Saunders
Artist's Website
Index
Dune, Oceano, CA
Colin Seitz
Artist's Website
Index
Basque Hay Bale No. 1
Monica Stevenson
Artist's Website
Index
17 January 2017 No. 3265
Lisa Toby Goodman
Artist's Website
Index
Jungle Road Sequence
John Upton
Artist's Website
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Shore Panorama
Sarah Wentworth
Artist's Website
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The Allegheny Ridge
Eric Williams
Artist's Website

Juror Statement by Lisa Volpe for C4FAP

 

The history of landscape photography stretches back to the very beginning of the medium. Almost 180 years later, the genre is still not exhausted, despite its ubiquity. Searching that history, one will quickly come to realize that a landscape is never a neutral image. Landscapes have long connoted ideas as diverse as nationalism, mythology, identity, politics, and power. To say that a landscape is a study of color and light is to miss the point. Our nature as humans, our culture, and our ideologies are written in the passages of trees, the sandy dunes, and the broad grasslands that come before the lens. The task of the photographer is to reveal these ideas through the visible world of forms.

 

In 1971, noted American photographer Walker Evans was asked what “makes a good photograph.” Evans did not hesitate in his answer; “It’s as though there is a wonderful secret in a certain place and I can capture it. Only I can do it at this moment, only this moment and only me.” As Evans makes clear, it takes a unique artistic vision to reveal the secrets of a place. Too often, landscapes appear formulaic. Take a trip to any coastline or national park and you’re sure to encounter stops for “Scenic Views,” “Lookout Points,” or most blatantly, a sign encouraging you to “Take Photos Here.” Yet, not much is revealed in this endless repetition of imagery. As Andy Warhol would stress with his silkscreens, “The more you look at the same exact thing, the more the meaning goes away.” This is not to say that every landscape must depict a radically new scene, but rather that it should attempt to convey something new. It must—to borrow from Evans—reveal a secret that only the unique mind behind the camera can capture. The history of landscape photography is long. Yet, there is much more to be said.

 

 

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