Abstract Landscape Photography

Offering big emotion in small-scale scenics.

“My emotions, instincts, and interests are all with nature.”

–Eliot Porter







Artistic photography of intimate landscapes brings you into the view.

Eliot Porter coined the term “intimate landscapes” and introduced America to focus on the grand landscapes’ detail. Sweeping vistas offer stunning views, but there is something special about brevity in art. Trying to capture those big scenes overwhelms me, and I guess it is my style to seek the smaller story. The middle ground between the big vista and the tight close-ups requires us to pay attention to what contributes to the big picture.

Enjoying the grand landscape, I look around for the vignettes to try to create something new. Then, if I’m lucky, I find myself in the right place at the right time and witness an unrepeatable moment. In the Grand Canyon, for instance, I wanted to photograph an ancestral ruin. I’d never been to that location before, and as I was setting up, I could not believe my eyes. Right then, the setting sun lit up the top of the hill and ran a beam of light right to the structure in front of me.

Beautiful abstract nature is all around us.

But to capture that beauty, we have to pay attention. I remind myself to walk around for different angles, look down, look around, and look back. This was a lesson that an old building tried to teach me. I took a photo of an old lumber mill, thinking the antique glass in the windows would make a good abstract close-up shot. But, as I worked with my camera, I was confused. Why did the color blue keep showing up in my shots? Then I stepped away from my camera and backed up. What I failed to see right away was that this old building was trying to show that there was a reflection behind me, of how beautiful the blue sky over the meadow behind me was in the glowing afternoon sun.

Intimate landscape photos remind us of connection.

We spend so much time inside. But we can still surround ourselves with nature photos in our homes and offices as a reminder of our connection with the natural world. Abstract landscape art prints reinforce our gratitude for the beauty in nature and the wonder of special moments we do get to experience out there.

When you seek simplicity in your decor, look for a place where abstract landscape art can help you convey mood and emotion. Isolated elements like a single tree, a lone structure, a crashing wave, or one egret form a simplified scene; this pulls you into the story and connects you with nature. Fine art nature photography is like bringing the outside indoors to work its magic on calming and bathing you in wonder.

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