Fine art photography stands in contrast to documentary photography , which provides a visual account of the scene, landscape or detail , produced by camera with no or little creative input from photographer.
The distinction between fine-art and documentary images is subjective; it is guided by the photographer’s and viewer’s perception.
Fine art images can be more pleasing to the eye and having this greater visual impact, hold the power to raise public awareness of the beauty and values of the subject , in our case forests.
Experienced fine-artphotographers can transform seemingly ordinary scenes into inspiring images. Chris Harris' photography (www.chrisharris.com) in his book “Motherstone” is a superb example of creating fine-art images of volcanic slopes and rocks where many photographers would end up with documentary photographs.
Knowledge of the compositional techniques may not be enough. Fine-art photography is created as an expression of the artist’s vision and soul.
In a book project encompassing images from a wide array of ecological and geographic areas of British Columbia the blend of documentary and fine art photography may be unavoidable.
The plausible progression from documentary to fine-art photography of forests is below. More about fine-art photography , abstracts and composition in the future posts.
|Lodgepole pine stand. Sub-Boreal Pine - Spruce Zone.|
West of Anahim Lake, Chilcotin.
|Lodgepole pine stand on dry site, mountain pine beetle infestation. |
Sub-Boreal Pine - Spruce. South of Nimpo Lake, Chilcotin.
|Douglas-fir stand. Interior Douglas-fir Zone.|
Alex Fraser Research Forest, Knife Creek.
|Western hemlock and western redcedar stand.|
Interior Cedar Hemlock Zone. Wells Gray Provincial Park.
|Lodgepole pine stand infested by mountain pine beetle.|
Montane Spruce Zone. Kloakut Lake, Chilcotin.
|Beech Fagus silvatica and spruce Picea abies.|
|Remnant of original lodgepole pine stand. Sub-Boreal Pine -Spruce Zone. |
Cariboo, NE of Williams Lake.