words from Mark Klett

I am not much interested in discovering new territories to photograph. Instead, what I wish my pictures could do is lessen the distance one often feels when looking at landscape photographs… The longer I work, the more important it is to me to make photographs that tell my story as a participant, and not just an observer of the land.

Mark Klett

2 thoughts on “words from Mark Klett

  1. Perhaps in real, practical terms such a statement can only mean photographing landscape and elements of landscape wherein one has walked and lived for a long time. Familiarity at its most positive leads to intimacy and a belief in the uniqueness of one’s sightline. At it least positive, it hampers one’s attempt to see acutely.

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  2. Interesting point. Like anything else there are different ways of working. Some are inspired by moving around and seeing different places, others by getting to know one place well. I agree with Klett here — after living here in this desert for a few years now, and getting to know it in all it’s extremes, I’m starting to be able to take pictures of it as someone who is a part of it rather than as someone who is passing through and just looking at it.

    Thanks for your thoughts Robynne…

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