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Magda Biernat Photography: adrift

beaten to the draw

in Photography , Thursday, June 23, 2016
While browsing through various inter web channels the other day - in this case, I think, National Geographic - I cam across something which gave me a bit of a shock. The work shown here - Magda Biernat Photography: adrift - is basically exactly one of the main ongoing photographic ideas I've had in my head for years, and indeed have been quietly preparing. So there are no new ideas - either somebody else has already done it, or they are about to. I suppose the only solution is to stop procrastinating and just get on with it, or alternatively, ignore completely what other people are doing. Well, I do have an alternative idea running along the same path, more or less, but it's going to be harder to realise, and now, it will just look like a facsimile.
Magda Biernat

diptych by Magda Beignet,

What really grabs me about this idea is that it addresses an issue that I personally have with classic landscape photography, that it excludes, repels even the human element, and thus loses any real meaning beyond the superficial. The very fact that the photographer is there to take the photograph means that the idea of untouched, unreachable wilderness which is being hinted at just collapses. Magda Biernat's approach resolves this in a very elegant way. I'm sure all of see photographs we wish we could have made. What I saw here was photography I should, and quite easily could, have published, and that hurts a bit. Whatever, I ordered the book.
Posted in Photography on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 05:55 PM • PermalinkComments (2)


Bernard June 23, 2016 - 7:57
Hum… I'm afraid I had to look up an explanation (I found one on to understand what these pairings of photographs were about. I mean, I must be dense, but it is not at all evident when you look at the photographs what the B&W ones represent. Sorry, didn't work for me 😊


David Mantripp June 23, 2016 - 9:19
Really? Don't you see the echo of the shapes? I'm not sure it directly means anything, but I like the associations. Still, I can see it might be a little tenuous.

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