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


  1. Dear Stan,
    it is a great idea to make the uniqueness and vulnerability of our natural treasures aware, and there is nothing suited better for it than your wonderful pictures. I hope that many people will find their way to this blog.

  2. Photo 6 - I said "Wow" out loud at my desk. Marvelous image. The image has me focusing on two spots: the tree on the far right and the green foliage that appears to float. Perhaps I need new glasses but when the eye drifts on this image, the trees in the back appear to come to the forefront. Fun. (TB)