Although essentially a documentarian in my photographic efforts, I confess
an inner compulsion to capture the universal within the particular.
However, I have found that the wider the view, the more difficulty in
expressing its universality successfully. Instead, the narrower aspects of
nature, as in the more local and particular, such as still lifes and
portraits, have succeeded better for me in this regard.
Consequently, in retrospect, a
shortcoming of my photography has been a dearth of success in my original
objective of capturing landscapes. This is particularly ironic for me, as
making portraits, initially an unintended and under appreciated objective,
became more rewarding at the same time landscapes became increasingly
So, although I have little to show
for my years of pursuing landscapes, I trudge happily along. In the
meantime, let "Laura Timmins" and Louis Philippe express
verbally what I strive to achieve photographically.
they are, the fields. It's like they're dreaming
in the sunshine, waiting for a future they know
Perhaps we were all
like those fields, dreaming in
the sunshine, waiting for a future we knew nothing of."
(From Episode 5 of Lark Rise to Candleford by Bill
2008; based on Flora Thompson's writings
with the same title.)
A landscape cannot be beautiful where there are only trees.
Only a blend of meadows, tilled fields, and human
composes a truly pleasant countryside that charms the eye.
Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans, future King of France
Diary of My Travels in America, 26 April 1797