New Portfolio: Intimate Landscapes 2007-2010

While restructuring and cleaning up my online photo archive, I “found” a large number of old images that were pretty much scattered all over the place: some were in blog posts, decorating quotes and such, some were parts of my older “annual favorites” galleries, yet others were only part of the “archives” and didn’t appear anywhere “useful” anymore (since I have moved all the archives over to Photoshelter).

As I was looking at these photos, many of them fit the theme of “Intimate Landscapes” (huge surprise, I know). After some back and forth and further browsing in my (local) archive, I created a new portfolio gallery. It contains a few new images that I had never shown before. You can view the entire gallery here:

Intimate Landscapes 2007-2010

I admit that I was never convinced by simply slicing up one’s work, based just on a certain date — how would you choose it? — but since I moved from Germany to California in October 2010, this seemed like a really good cutoff point. It marked quite the change in scenery and geography!

And then, much to my own surprise, I found making the selection surprisingly fast, easy and enjoyable — not just because the images are all old favorites that have passed the test of time, but also because the time frame from which I could choose photos was precisely defined. Another benefit of this “split” was that my ever-growing, random collection of “Color Favorites” shrunk a little bit (it still contains too many photos for my taste).

I then decided to call this time from 2007 to October 2010 the “Alpha” phase of my photography, and added this identifier to the other portfolios that are from that time. And I have no clue about any other phases, yet. :) Obviously, the “Beta” phase begins on October 23rd, 2010 (my first day in California!), but IF and when it ended isn’t clear to me yet. Maybe “Beta” would be the first few years in California… and I was still the “beta version” of a California photographer? ;-) I guess it will come to me as I review further photographs, as part of my “Cleaning Out The Vaults” efforts…

This portfolio does contain some photos of things and places that, from today’s perspective, I wish I would have spent more time and/or effort on, of course (the air bubble stacks frozen in ice, for example). Many make me wish that cameras would have been better, back then, too! Low resolution 6 megapixel files are a bit sad looking on a 5k display — they don’t even fill the screen! (I guess I could try and scale them up, of course.) But also, by limiting the time frame to these early years, I found myself being more gentle with myself, judging and rating the photos more for the entirety of what they express and mean, to me, thus ending up with a more “inclusive” selection of images.

All in all, looking at this new portfolio of old photos makes me quite happy now: with my “evolving” idea of what I personally call “intimate” scenes, it contains a broader range of photos than what I would have chosen a few years ago, and I think it’s a nice mixture.

Anyway, I thought I’d share this little insight, and maybe it’ll inspire you to look at your photos within certain time frames as well, to see if a theme emerges. And here’s just one of the photos. Clicking on the image will take you to the portfolio gallery (in case you haven’t clicked on the link above, already). I hope you like the selection!

Green vegetation reflecting in the calm water of Leitgeringer See, Bavaria, Germany; October 2009.
Green vegetation reflecting in the calm water of Leitgeringer See, Bavaria, Germany; October 2009.

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3 thoughts on “New Portfolio: Intimate Landscapes 2007-2010”

  1. There are many images in the portfolio that caught my eye – the two Salzach River photos, the Lingonberry, the snow on the grass, the mistletoe (which is reminiscent – or presages – things you’ve done more recently, the snow on driftwood (looks wonderfully like bones!), the reeds & bare trees, “The Rock” and tree, and most of all, the nameless ridges emerging out of the clouds, oh, I could stay there a very long time!

    “…judging and rating the photos more for the entirety of what they express and mean…” brings up the ongoing issue of technical precision vs. artistic content. I hate to put it so starkly and I don’t think those two are “either-or” categories but there does seem to be a dance playing out between appreciating a photo more for its technical perfection or more for its emotional resonance. I guess for me the best photos are technically “good enough” and have strong emotional appeal. Anyway, I like that you decided to be more “inclusive.” I personally wouldn’t include everything you did in an “Intimate Landscapes” grouping but that’s up to you. :-)

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    • Thank you, Lynn, for diving into the images. I know it’s a big gallery! :)

      With regards to the technical aspects… I think you know that I always choose the emotional response over technical perfection, but I do like to also think about what I can do with a photo, with regards to its presentation. (We exchanged some thoughts on this before, and you mentioned the projected slides.)

      For me, the end of the photographic process is ideally a print, and not a web sized image that looks good despite relatively low resolution, softness when acuity matters for the particular photo and subject, etc. etc. ;)

      While I haven’t printed all of these old photos, there are some that will be limited by their resolution and the quality of the lens and camera that I was using at that time. Most are technically “good enough” to be printed as a 6×9, the later ones as 18×12, but to produce a convincing, good print larger than that will require “technical intervention” (upscaling, AI sharpening, etc.). That’s what I meant with being “more inclusive” with regards to their quality.

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      • Thanks – I didn’t realize that’s what you meant. Print and screen can be different worlds. :-)

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