This week at LMS, in honor of the onset of summer, we are taking a close look at landscape photography. Landscape photography is a documentation of location, space, and scenery, usually (but not exclusively) focusing on the beauty of the natural world. Today we will focus on photographer Guy Tal, and his approach to this art-form.
For Guy Tal, landscape is more than just capturing nature; it’s about telling a story, and a personal one at that. Locations, just like people, are imprinted with memories; they have histories and act as important characters in dialogue with human kind. With this idea that a place is more than just setting, Tal’s mission is to portray the depth and intimacy he has with his subjects as more than glimpses of superficial beauty, but sanctuaries and friends with which his connection is more than fleeting.
Surely, it is a challenge to capture unseen emotions and personal histories in singular images, and have them resonate with outsiders to the extent they do with the artist. Perhaps there is no surefire way to do this, as interpretation is relative to an individual’s experience, however Tal’s take on landscape photography seems almost impossibly close.
The detail and texture of his work has embedded in it a strange familiarity, taking the viewer not only to the space photographed, but forging a meaningful relationship with it.
Tal places an emphasis on the importance of portraying the very real and awe-inspiring elements of the natural world, and the magic that can only be found in the wilderness. This magic is aimed at transcending everyday superficiality and the manufactured qualities of our lives in order to inspire primal elements closer to our cores.
Besides his career as a photographer, Guy Tal is also a professional author, educator, and public speaker, who has published books and eBooks, and teaches workshops regularly. To quote Tal, “Living is measured in meaningful experiences.” Luckily, we too can experience this enriching type of good living, by learning to appreciate in landscapes in their various forms (both internal and external) and reveling in the art that comes.
To learn more about Guy Tal and his work visit his website: http://guytal.com