Monday, October 15

Blog Action Day

I had not heard about blog action day until yesterday, but in honor of blogging about the environment I would like to introduce you to a photographic movement known as New Topographics. This movement began in the 1970s as a reaction to photographers like Ansel Adams who depicted nature as if it were untouched by humanity; despite the fact that Ansel Adams had been doing the majority of his work during a time when industrialization in the West was really taking off. The New Topographics aimed to include all aspects of civilization in landscape images in order to demonstrate the effect of humanity upon the environment. The first exhibit of such work took place in 1975 and was titled "New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape". Here are some examples of works from this movement by an artist named Robert Adams.


alexae said...

Wow those are bleak photos. I'd never heard of Robert Adams. Thanks for the post... I had just learned about blog action day on Saturday. Love you!

Anonymous said...

Bleak is right! So much for the pristine wilderness that we original Earth Day folks knew wasn't true. Mom