How Lack of Story is Killing Landscape Photography

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Right now, we are seeing some really questionable things going on in landscape photography.

Trophy hunting, or the act of only trying to copy epic photos of stunning locations, is running rampant.

People are trampling fragile environments with little to no understanding of the harmful effects they cause.

There are countless of stories photographers could tell based on the damages that Instagram has seemed to cause.

Right now, we have to think about what is the cause of these problems.

There has to be something deep down at the root of this.

I firmly believe that it is due to lack of story in landscape photography.

Landscape photography did not begin as an art-form. It actually started as a form of documentation to gather data on locations and information. Early landscape photographers actually had to convince the public that photography was art.

But, let’s truly inspect the idea that landscape photography started as documentation.

Is it still that way?

No.

And there lies the root of all of the problems we are seeing in landscape photography at this point. People have no understanding, or documentation, of the locations they’re going to.

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I believe educating the public to slow down in photography and take time to document a landscape over a long period of time is the answer.

Why?

Because when you understand a location intimately you want to keep it away from all harm. You want to preserve it because you know it.

I got deep into this topic in my latest podcast episode “How Lack of Story is Killing Landscape Photography.” Listen to the full episode HERE!

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