All images © Stan Navratil

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Post # 3: Documentary to Fine Art Photography to Abstracts

“Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer as artist.” Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 Fine art photography stands in contrast to documentary photography , which provides a visual account of the scene, landscape or  detail , produced  by camera with no or little creative input from  photographer.  
The distinction between fine-art and documentary images is subjective; it is guided by the photographer’s and viewer’s  perception.

 Fine art images can be  more   pleasing to the eye and having this greater  visual impact, hold the power  to raise public awareness of the beauty  and values of the subject ,  in our case forests. 

 Experienced fine-art photographers can transform  seemingly ordinary scenes into inspiring images. Chris Harris' photography  ( in his book “Motherstone”  is a  superb example of creating fine-art images of volcanic slopes and rocks where many photographers would end up with documentary photographs.

 Knowledge of the compositional techniques may not be enough. Fine-art photography is created as an expression of the artist’s vision and soul. 

 In a book project encompassing images from a wide array of ecological and geographic areas of British Columbia the blend of documentary and fine art photography may be unavoidable.
The plausible progression from documentary to fine-art photography of forests is below. More about fine-art photography , abstracts and composition in the future posts. 

Lodgepole pine stand. Sub-Boreal Pine - Spruce Zone.
West of Anahim Lake, Chilcotin. 
Lodgepole pine stand on dry site, mountain pine beetle infestation.
Sub-Boreal Pine - Spruce. South  of Nimpo Lake, Chilcotin.

Douglas-fir stand.  Interior Douglas-fir Zone.
Alex Fraser Research Forest, Knife Creek.

Western hemlock and western redcedar stand.
Interior Cedar Hemlock Zone. Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Western hemlock and western redcedar. Interior Cedar Hemlock Zone.
Nakusp, BC
Lodgepole pine stand infested by mountain pine beetle.
Montane Spruce Zone.  Kloakut Lake, Chilcotin.  
Beech Fagus silvatica and spruce Picea abies.
Czech Republic.

Remnant of original lodgepole pine stand. Sub-Boreal Pine -Spruce Zone.
Cariboo, NE of Williams Lake.
Aspen stand. Boreal White and Black Spruce Zone.
Dawson Creek, BC

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Post # 2: Tribute to British Columbia Forests

In the previous post I alluded to the vision of a book about British Columbia’s forests.  This project has been supported so far by the encouragement and input of three forest ecologists: Ray Coupe, Karel Klinka, and Ordell Steen.

The book will focus on what are called “unmanaged” forests, meaning those that have never been cut down.  They have been allowed to grow, change and regenerate according to natural patterns.  Such stands are increasingly and alarmingly rare.  This incredible heritage must at least be visually documented, celebrated and honoured.

The images will depict not only mature, old-growth forests but also the  stages of development following natural disturbances like fire, insect infestations and wind.

 In this post we show  the structural flow of how each  ecological zone might be featured, using the examples of Montane Interior Wet-Belt Forests, the Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.   From macro-view  (forest landscape and forest stand) through closer focus  (understory and plant community)  to micro-view  (details).

Interior wet-belt forests, Interior Cedar Hemlock zone,
Revelstoke National Park.

Western red cedar  grove.  Interior wet-belt forests. Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.
Nakusp, BC

Western red cedar and western hemlock stand. Interior wet-belt forests. Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.
Mount Robson Provincial Park, BC

Devil's club undergrowth. Interior wet-belt forests. Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.
Mount Robson Provincial Park, BC

Red huckleberry. Interior wet-belt forest. Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.
Silver Beach Provincial Park. Seymour Arm, BC
Oval-leaved blueberry.  Interior wet-belt forest. Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.
Nakusp, BC

Western white pine cone and seedling. Renewal cycle.
Interior wet-belt forest. Interior cedar-hemlock zone.
Silver Beach Provincial Park, Seymour Arm, BC

Hygrocybe sp. Interior wet-belt forest.
Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.
Nakusp, BC

Western hemlock seeds on moss layer.
Interior wet-belt forest. Interior Cedar-Hemlock Zone.
Nakusp, BC