14 Nov Erez Marom: On Originality in Landscape Photography

Source: DP Review

The famous viewpoint in Reine, the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway. Light: awesome. Originality: 0/10. Art? Not by a longshot.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Tamron 24–70mm, F11, 25 sec, ISO 100
Reine, The Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway

It has been, and continues to be, a rough time for a nature photographer who makes a living shooting around the world. This kind of time period sometimes makes we artists think about our life missions and convictions, and delve deeper into our beliefs and the way we view our art and what makes it worthwhile. While some people don’t see photography as art, I definitely do, and for that reason I feel that a discussion is needed about what makes photography an art form rather than technical labor.

In this article, I’d like to discuss something I often mention in my articles, but have never tackled in full: the notion of originality. Originality in art in general, in photography and most specifically, in landscape photography. I’ll try to compare it to the notion of originality in other kinds of art I’ve been involved with, and I’ll talk about the different kinds and levels of originality and the methods I use to achieve it.

Photography is an extremely accessible pastime. A very large number of people have access to ever-improving photographic gear, to cheap flight tickets and to a large database of photographic locations, and they take more and more

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