Landscape Notes

Observations of places and things in a disconnected postmodern world

Category: Text

Beauty in strangeness

“I don’t like standard beauty. There is no beauty without strangeness.”
— Karl Lagerfeld.a-strangetrees

There is nothing ugly

There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, — light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

— John Constable (b. June 1, 1776).

Photograph © John Menneer 2016.

The ‘straight’ photographer

For the serious photographer with a confirmed belief in the artistic worth of ‘straight’ photography – the so-called ‘poetic documentary’ mode – these are trying times. More than ever, most of the world seems to think that the simple photograph is not enough. The photographic artist who still stubbornly works within the broad tradition of Atget or Weston, even Frank or Friedlander, is deemed wilfully anachronistic, a member of a mutated, almost extinct species.

— Gerry Badger, from Creative Camera (1987).

Photograph © John Menneer 2016.