Visualising Assignment Six

I had thought of a few locations that might suit for this assignment. I’ve taken photographs at these places before so do have some idea in advance what these might provide. I’ve taken some as samplers just to further judge their suitability to demonstrate change over time. Although the work of Ansel Adams in particular does show how much a pure nature view can invoke an emotional response, I don’t live near anything so remotely rural; I am much more familiar with and responsive to urban and suburban settings. Apart from that the practicalities of returning to the same location many times means a local setting will be more suitable anyway.

This is taken in a nearby park. Although it is an open space with both middle and foreground subjects, I’m not convinced this will show enough change over time. Weather and light will change but the tree on the right is an evergreen so will not change much at all. People do use this park and there will be more activity at other times but perhaps not enough

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This next one has more scope for demonstrating transitions. The river can always demonstrate change and the trees will show seasonal change. There is also a reasonable amount of human activity at times. In an earlier exercise ‘Establishing Conventions’ (https://simon513313landscape.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/establishing-conventions/), one aspect of a lot of the paintings I looked at that I didn’t mention was that the artist would often depict the scene from a raised viewpoint. Apart from the advantage of being better able to differentiate near and far components of the scene, it also gives a sense of mastery; the artist is ‘owning’ the scene.

For both these reasons I like the idea of the raised vantage point. I’ve lived here for nearly thirty five years now and I am very familiar with my environment. I do not feel any sense of awe or uncertainty and it seems appropriate that I should try and demonstrate that fact. These two both have possibilities

I also like the idea of a completely urban scene; although Oxford can be very scenic it isn’t always a thing of traditional beauty. This is from a very central location and demonstrates the town side of Oxford much more than gown. I think there are further possibilities in demonstrating transitions here. I may be able to highlight changes in the scene with continuity; I know from experience that – especially during daytime – there  is rarely a time when there isn’t a bus in this scene

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