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A Philosopher’s Photographer: Wynn Bullock

As a life-long learner and a ‘mature’ (i.e. old) student of Philosophy I find much to appreciate in the pictures and words of Wynn Bullock. Alongside Minor White, a more thought-provoking photographer you will struggle to find.

“Searching is everything – going beyond what you know. And the test of the search is really in the things themselves, the things you seek to understand. What is important is not what you think about them, but how they enlarge you“. 1

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On Fay Godwin

I look at Fay Godwin photographs almost every day of my life. Four photographs hang in my sitting room and have been there for 25 years or so. Perhaps more than anyone, Fay Godwin’s work has been a perennial influence on me as a photographer.

You can’t expect to take a definitive image in half an hour. It takes days, often years.

Fay Godwin

Later Godwin was to say that there is no such thing as a definitive picture
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Working the Landscape

Mention ‘landscape photography’ these days and many would immediately think of that style of photography that looks to the ‘beautiful’ or to the ‘sublime’ or to the ‘picturesque’ in our countryside. Perhaps we have Edmund Burke’s ‘A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful‘ to blame for that.

Romanticism in landscape photography is nothing new of course. 19th century Romantic photography provided a position which enabled a counter-reaction into Modernism.

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In praise of Thomas Joshua Cooper

No other photographer comes closer to what I aspire than Thomas Joshua Cooper. It’s not the pictures per se, or his photographic expeditions or his success that motivates me. It’s something more intangible. The closest I can come to describing the feeling of his work is ‘spirit of place’, although this phrase doesn’t quite encapsulate everything that I feel in his pictures.

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