Photography as metaphor (symbols, ideas) tends to be the province of “other” genres (contemporary photography; abstraction; etc.) but is rarely seen in landscape and nature photography. The places we explore and photograph are as rich with metaphorical possibilities as any other place, yet many landscape photographers work only in the literal and representational. Why?
I prefer photographing the unusual, the uncommon, and that which causes me to stop whatever I am doing. Take the attached photo, for instance; one from my Desert Palm Oasis series. It’s just two wild palm tree skirts, but let your mind wander a little. Now what do you see?
Here’s a few more examples of metaphor from my Desert collection:
The American Dream
The Bleeding Wall
Mojave Mothership (I did not actually have an alien encounter to get this photograph)
Eschew the representational and seek the personal. Make your photographs about you and the way that you see.
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