The Impossibility of Staring Blankly
This body of work portrays Asher B. Durand's theory that one looks into a painting rather than looking at it, imagining oneself within the depicted and imagined scene when viewing the work. Although this theory relates to landscape paintings, now photographers strive for a similar idealism and forget about the cultural importance of the land in question. This work asks the question "Are we imagining ourselves in the landscape as Durand wrote, or are we relating to the idea of arcadia the idealised landscape? The Impossibility of Staring Blankly refers to us looking into the image, we cannot merely stare blankly because we feel something: the power of the romantic landscape. The scenes photographed are clichés that contemporary landscape photographers gravitate towards, imagery that is not an accurate representation of landscape, but creates romanticised visions.
Toby Blackman • Laura Jenkin • Matthew Lees • Danny McCormick • Rachel Miller •