Archive for the ‘Landscape’ Category

Apollo Photography

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Photo: © Sam Haskins

The recent and very worthy celebration of the moon missions has flooded our screens and print media with vintage imagery from the late sixties and early seventies. How the world-on-earth has changed! In amongst all the soul searching editorial about the future of space travel and NASA's confused years after Apollo, I felt that not nearly enough credit went to the astronauts for their extraordinary photography. Not only did they bring back images of earth that forever changed our perception about the magnificent and fragile planet we inhabit, they also returned with long hidden treasure. A series of primordial moonscapes that are as poetic, tender and moving as any landscape ever produced by a master photographer on earth.

Lovingly restored images from NASA's archives form a book called FULL MOON by Michael Light published in 1999 by Jonathan Cape and available in various formats from Amazon.

They may have been taken around 1970 but there is not a spec of moon dust that looks dated - these are truly windows onto eternity and a glimpse of our own planet in its infancy. Awe inspiring and enthralling.

Any serious photo library is incomplete without this book. Here's a scan of the jacket from my scuffed copy.

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For those of you who would like a virtual visit to the moon it is now possible with the Moon in Google Earth.

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Mario Giacomelli

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Christies of London are holding their Spring auction of photographic prints on May 15th at King Street. The sale includes 8 prints by one of my favourite photographers, Mario Giacomelli. He really should have been included in the list of favourites that I posted in March and the omission has been corrected.

It is not the individual photo that’s important to me, but the series, the story.

Mario Giacomelli – in his last interview, 2000

Giacomelli’s passion for weaving narrative with his camera is close to my heart. In every image one sees him thinking like a painter, a graphic artist, a story teller and a master photographer.

Here are some samples from the prints for sales at Christies. The first image in the series has been cropped due to a gutter blemish from the catalogue scan.

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Giacomelli was so passionate about planning his rural landscapes that he went to the extent of loaning tractors so that he could ‘draw’ his vision in the fields.

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You can view the entire catalogue online here, the Giacomelli images start on page 90.

The web page for the sale can be found here.

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First Signs of Spring

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

In the black underwood, blossom by blossom, Spring begins

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Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

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