For this exercise, we had to find 12 examples of 18th and 19th century landscape paintings and list the commonalities we found within them.
Before completing this exercise, I had often overlooked the resemblances between landscape paintings and landscapes photographs. However, since looking into it in more detail, I am quite struck by how much the photographs conform to the ideas represented within the paintings. It does bring up the question, is this in order to make them more acceptable as art? All the images are very picturesque and allow the viewer to be in touch with nature and escape day-to-day life (most so in the 21st century). By having very little people or animals in, they all show a moment frozen in time and capture the beauty of that moment. Both sets of images show a lot of detail, both in the foreground and background, this I feel affirms the reason why landscape photography usually uses smaller apertures. With the exception to the black and white photos, they all have beautiful, bright and bold colours which, to me, exemplifies the beauty in nature which the artist/photographer wanted to capture. They also all seem to have at least 1 of four subjects within them such as trees, mountains, water and fields. The more technical aspects to which the paintings and the photographs also conform to are aspects such as leading lines to draw the viewer to particular parts, the rule of thirds and ensuring that the images are perfectly balanced so they are not too laborious for the viewer