Capturing the Feeling

Simon Devitt

"A landscape, as opposed to the land, is a human creation. What makes us judge one feature of the landscape to be more fitting than another is the total system of values that we bring to the act of perception." - Frank Gohlke

 As a photographer of architecture my attention is as much on the landscape as it is the built environment and the people that inhabit it. The work I do as a photographer has a lot to do with sitting still and

Silo Towers

Silo Towers

seizing moments. Glimpses into out of subtle gestures, moments and brief encounters. My priority, initially when I am shooting, is how it feels to be somewhere, rather than than how it looks. My intention is to create a coherent series of pictures that tell a story about what it is I have been charged with photographing. I feel a picture story is whole and complete when a combination of pictures are created; pictures that establish a scene are useful but only their true potential is realized when shown in combination with pictures that question rather than answer. A book (for example) is a great venue for picture stories. 'The sequence of photographs in a book can describe what certain places and events look like; they can also suggest what they might mean. Meaning can arise as much from what happens between the photographs as from what happens in them. To be satisfying, the meanings that are created must be coherent, or else understanding can be frustrated, but they must also have some of the complexity and contradictoryness of lived experience, or else credibility can be strained'º.

Wynyard Quarter

Wynyard Quarter

Wind Tree Sculture, Wynyard Quarter

Wind Tree Sculture, Wynyard Quarter

 Simon Devitt (2012)

Xsection Issue Two 2012/13 What is Landscape Architecture?