Modern Equivalents is a photography project that pays homage to the Equivalents project by Alfred Stieglitz. Mr. Steiglitz challenged artistic patrons by photographing clouds and challenging people’s convictions of what constitutes art.
Today, it can be said that the inverse is true. Very few question the artistic value of photography. It can be said that in the present day, photography as an art-form as reached its zenith.
Yet, much of photography is bogged down by the artistic conceptions of a few, followed by a huge legion of followers. I want to challenge this notion once again, by presenting simple, yet textured compositions of clouds. Can photographs of clouds, and nearly nothing else, be a valid form of landscape photography? Can this art stand up with the large number of images with mandatory foregrounds, and people at a scenic view staring off into the distance?
When you view something perceived as simple, you give yourself time to appreciate the subtle complexities of your subject. At first glance, these are clouds. When you take a moment to study the image, you find a completely different world of textures, edges, contrasts, and wonder.
Something as simple as a single cloud can make us stop for a moment to appreciate the true beautiful in this world.
While I am not a native San Diegan, I have now lived here for 20 years, longer than my hometown in Yucaipa, California. I came here for the climate, for the beauty, and for a chance to further my education. I stayed because I realized the opportunities included some of the world’s best and most diverse landscapes.
This collection of photographs are taken in town. Many are landmarks around the City and some are my favorite images in my portfolio. But this is just a small selection of the photography available in the area.
San Diego Landscape Photography is not limited to the city limits. San Diego County (and the area beyond the City know as East County) offers areas ranging from sea level to 6,500 feet, from shoreline to mountain peak.
Sunkissed Sunkissed, popularized by Michael Fatali, is one of the truly beautiful rock sentinels in Joshua Tree National Park. Jack Dykinga also produced one of the earliest images of this location. This area is typically best photographed at sunrise, but depending on the type of image you are making, it can be visited at any […]
Sunkissed, popularized by Michael Fatali, is one of the truly beautiful rock sentinels in Joshua Tree National Park. Jack Dykinga also produced one of the earliest images of this location.
This area is typically best photographed at sunrise, but depending on the type of image you are making, it can be visited at any time. I have been visiting this location for years to make images and it is always one of the first spots that comes to mind when I am in Joshua Tree.
My long-time friend and I, Jeremy Long, found this location while we were out scouting for images to take. It is not easy to locate, but once you know where it is, you’ll never forget.
The rock is picturesque from all angles, including a spot I call The Sphinx, and another composition from Fatali’s portfolio. What an awesome location to make images!
If you are interested in the specific location of this formation, you can purchase the ebook, The Photographer’s Guide To Joshua Tree National Park, that I co-authored with Jeremy Long by visiting www.jtphotoguide.com.
The ebook is only $ 9.99 and we think it is great value to any photographer visiting Joshua Tree. The guide is 83 pages includes GPS information and directions so you can get to this location and others throughout the park. I hope you will check the book out. We spend years in the field to make the ebook.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the images!