Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Love of Landscape

"Delicate Arch" © Richard Harpum
For hundreds of years, artists have been sketching and painting the breathtaking landscapes of our planet. Thomas Cole, JMW Turner, Claude Monet, Frederic Church, John Constable. Since the invention of the camera, photographers have been capturing their majestic beauty on film for the viewing pleasure of the public. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Galen Rowell, Charlie Waite, Annie Griffiths Belt. These people, among many, many others, had an undying passion for the stunning scenes of this incredible world that we live in and found a way to share that love with the people around them.

"Angel's Landing" © Tien Frogget
"Canyon Silhouettes" © Steve Henderson

Today, modern artists and photographers are continuing that tradition of expressing the Earth’s treasures through their own lenses and paintbrushes. We have the luxury of turning on our computer or gazing at a wall and imagining ourselves walking along a foggy bridge in the early morning somewhere in the Orient, relaxing at noon in a gondola in Venice, or sipping a cup of coffee while the sun sets over the Grand Canyon. In this day and age, we have it all.

"Dusted With Snow" © Tom Griffithe
"Foggy Bridge" © Mona McGuire

And with that, we are finding ourselves more deeply connected to the world around us. Because there are so many artists and photographers out there who find joy in expressing their love of landscape, we are discovering places that we might not have otherwise known about or even considered. We feel the gentle tug on our heartstrings that speaks to us in whispers: “come and visit me. See the beauty of this place for yourself,” and we are forever changed when we do. Landscape inspires a love of travel, a passion for place, a curiosity for change, and a compassion for the people and animals that occupy those spaces.

"Fuji Spring" © Sally Masteller
"Summer Poppies" © Mona McGuire

Landscape engages us, communicates with us, pulls us in as a close friend would and warms us like a fire on a winter night. It brings the outdoors into our home and workspace, a bridge from the daily to-do list and troubles into a place of tranquility and openness. They remind us that the world is much bigger than it can sometimes seem, encouraging us to expand our horizons and open ourselves up to possibility.

"Burano Canal, Venice" © Richard Harpum
"Tuscan Monastery" © Travis Dixon

It is no wonder, then, that landscapes have been one of the most popular and sought-after types of art throughout all of history. It is a timeless subject that speaks to all people, all ages, all creeds and walks of life. We are all walking through our own inner landscape, discovering our own journey – and as we do, we are realizing that we are not alone. Our landscapes overlap, joining us together as a people, unifying us. Then the interior becomes the exterior, and our expression of ourselves becomes one with the experience of our lives.

"Autumn River" © Paul Henderson
"Twilight Glow" © Tom Griffithe

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