Monday, 22 March 2004
Pix Of The Day: Repertoire Or Stale Repetition?
CREDIT: © Mark Meyer/Photo-Mark.com
WHERE: nationwide USA. WHAT: landscape photographs.
Thumbnail clicks load  individual landscape galleries.
Today we look at the work of Mark Meyer, in particular at his 'landscape' pictures and an essay he wrote entitled 'Landscape Photography Repertoire: Reshooting the American landscape—again'. You may have noticed that here we feature a high proportion of pictures that might be loosely categorized as 'landscapes'. The issues Mark raises are ones we think about constantly: a good read on the subject.
Mark is well qualified to write on this subject, based on his work for such illustrious clients as the National Geographic Society, Backpacker Magazine, and Places Magazine. The seventh shot in today's thumbnail strip was chosen for the cover of Practical Photography editor William Cheung's book 'Camera Craft: Landscapes'.
Some of Mark's insider 'revelations' may surprise some readers, though the phenomenon is as commonly human as an overworked housewife's menu rota, or that boring old couple who always tell you the same holiday story whenever Las Vegas can be worked into the conversation. Uncomfortably close to home for us, and we think we should change the subject before it swings back round to our own picture selections.
We had considerable trouble trying to make a selection for today's thumbnail strip. Finally we decided to use one tiny thumbnail for each of Mark's galleries that appear on his image browsing page and contain those loosely classified 'landscape' category pictures. So left to right there are five regions of the USA:
 Northwest;  Southwest;  Midwest;  Eastern;  Rocky Mountains; these are followed by  Urban Landscape Photographs;  Natural Landscape Photographs;  Chicago Landmarks; and  Chicago Cityscapes.
Many web browsers will give you a location caption if you hover the mouse over an individual thumbnail. Click the thumbnails or the numbered links to go to a gallery and begin your investigation. Each gallery has sub sections, so you will be able to spend lots of time deciding into which category Mark's work falls: repertoire, stale repetition, or as we think, vigorous fresh creativity. We have signed on for email updates!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)