Letters on Landscape Photography

Letters on Landscape Photography

by Henry Peach Robinson


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ISBN-13: 9780343618247
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
Publication date: 10/17/2018
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.15(d)

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No. III.—The Photographer's Control Over His Subject. T ET us go into the country, camera in hand. Here, at the outset, I meet with a difficulty which places me at a great disadvantage. I shall have to refer to the aspects of nature, and your nature differs, I believe, considerably from the kind we have in England, and I can only refer to the scenery of this part of the world. I have to confess, with sorrow, that I have never been in the States. I have had many invitations and a few chances, which I feel ashamed of not having accepted, but in spite of Shakespeare's saying : " Home-keeping youths have ever homely wits," I have never been able to tear myself away from home, especially as I feel it impossible to disabuse myself of the, doubtless erroneous, notion that the more accessible Wales contains in itself all the elements of foreign travel—mountain, lake, ruin, rock, and river, as well as a most picturesque seaboard—besides a language which few but born natives can understand. This is of the less consequence, as when you were here at Tunbridge Wells we took many walks together in the neighborhood, and when I talk of heather, gorse, and whin, you will understand what I mean, and turn the application to scenes in your own country. Besides, were you not with me during that delightful fortnight in North Wales, when it first dawned upon you that there might be something in the claims of photography as an art ? But this came to you only after one of the two Royal Academicians, who were of the party, had fiercely advocated our cause (in which the other, being Scotch, cautiously agreed), and demonstrated that it was not the material, but the man, that produced fineart. It was there also where Gelligynan, Llanarmon, Dwygy- fylchi, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, and other names of p...

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