What is "real"? I thought I could easily answer that before I began my Poetry of Place project back in June. Now, my sense of this place's reality has shifted.
The grainy surface of the newly formed ice brought a feeling of "landscape within landscape" and I responded with a lithographic styled approach.
If I only saw "ice" rather than "landscape" I don't think I would have tried this technique. My past reality of documentary landscape photographer has given way to one of an interpreter of the landscape. It is a subtle but important shift for me. It has given me permission to be much more experimental and daring. The landscape speaks to me in another voice, a dialect that I had overlooked before. My images are merely my interpretation of the voice present in this place.
Nature is mute; our portrayal of it, which constitutes the domain of the landscape in art, is what speaks to us. What landscapes tell us is not necessarily what we might expect...