landscapes

crystal lake

this is obersee, a lake that is connected to the larger königssee, in the german state of bavaria. these lakes were formed by glaciers in the last ice age, and have the cleanest water in germany. it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful places i have ever seen! to see its location (and loads more photos) click here

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peter baker

i agonized for about 5 seconds over whether i had posted about peter baker before (i’m pretty sure i haven’t, but my tagging can be sporadic). even if i have – these photographs warrant a second look. and a third & fourth etc. i just love them, especially his images of iceland (what is with me and iceland?). i could hardly pick my top photos to feature, so please go over to his flickr and have a gander.

he also sums up his sentiments on film vs digital quite nicely:

If it didn’t look a million times better, I wouldn’t bother with it (film). Of course it’s subjective, but film looks more like what I saw when I made the photo. Plus, I like making decisions about what my photo will look like before I take it, rather than monkeying for hours on the computer to try and recreate what I saw. Photography is what I do to get away from the ‘puter, digital just makes for more sitting down time.

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albert bierstadt

hey dorks, it’s art history time. if you’re not familiar with the classic frontier paintings by albert bierstadt – you will be now. you owe it to yourself to stare at these bad boys. that light! that detail! oh wow, i could just imagine a million reproductions hanging in thrift stores & seventies living rooms the world over and not getting a second glance (shame).

Albert Bierstadt (18301902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.

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his work was criticized by contemporaries for being too large, with excessive light (actually known as “luminism”), dramatic colours & an exagerrated shift from foreground to background.

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my doctor had an entire wall in her consulting room wallpapered with a picture of the yosemite valley, i found it strangely calming.

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