Having been alerted to their presence by a twitter post, I must admit to having been both amazed and informed by the Inside the Outside (ITO) photographic collective. They are part of a movement called conceptual landscape photography. Having found my way to their website and being astounded by the quality of work on it I must admit to my shame of not being sure what Conceptual Landscape Photography actually was so I looked it up.
Google threw up:
“Conceptual landscape photography is an image or series of images based on a thought or idea where this concept is more important than, but integral to, the finished work.”
heatherbennett.co.uk/View-Finders, Conceptual Landscape Photography
“- a landscape created and interpreted by the artist, to be experienced by the viewer.”
The short statement of intent on the ITO website itself says:
The landscape photography collective mediating the liminal space between the world before us and within.
I read that as they are showing the connection between what the photographer feels and visualizes about a place or situation and the location itself.
After looking through the website, it is probably unfair to pick out particular projects because they are all very good indeed, but I particularly liked:
Elgin by Chris Younger
Where You Are by J.M. Golding
St Kilda – The Silent Islands by Alex Boyd
The Secret Language of Trees by Rob Hudson
There are also many other fascinating images showcasing conceptual landscape photography within the collective, please have a look.
I find these examples of Conceptual landscapes so visually inspiring it has made me want to have a look at the style with a view to attempting some images myself. The ITO website is certainly one I will return to regularly.