Being in the Landscape with a Camera

By Anneke Laurie.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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Landscape is reportedly the most popular genre in South African art because it is so heavily encoded with political meaning and ideological implications. Ironically, landscape's popularity also stems from its offer of temporary respite from troubled socio-economic situations, resulting in over-representation by both artists and amateur photographers. While the ideological implications of photographing and representing landscapes have been widely critiqued and problemetised in post colonial and feminist writing, in this paper I will present a perspective on “being in the landscape with a camera” in terms of Edward Casey’s theories of landscape and body as well as Don Ihde and Peter Paul Verbeek’s theories of technologically mediated experience. The transcendence of the problematic duality of subject-object will be considered in relation to my experience of being in a place with the photographic representation thereof in mind. Through reflexive engagement with landscape photography practice and the implied perpetual re-evaluation of my own glance as a photographer, in this paper I will reconsider the notion of experience of place as a possible antidote to the ideological saturation of specifically Southern African landscape photography.

Keywords: Experience of Place, Landscape Photography, Technological Mediation of Experience, Embodied Experience, South African Landscape Photography, Reflective Practice

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 10, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 27, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 765.707KB)).

Anneke Laurie

Lecturer, Department of visual arts and design, Vaal University of Technology, Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa