A Naturalistic representation (Allen, 1975:144)

From readsingWanted to try a shallower depth of field than most landscape photographers would use to focus the viewers attention on a single area of the image. When the human eye focuses on an object or scene, only that plane of focus is sharp. Things in the foreground and things in infinity are out of focus. I wanted to therefor show things in a "naturalistic representation" (Allen, 1975:144).

Wolfgang Tillmans, astro crusto,a, 2012. ©WOLFGANG TILLMANS

Wolfgang Tillmans, astro crusto,a, 2012. ©WOLFGANG TILLMANS

Whilst visiting the subject of what the eye can see, Wolfgang Tillmans talks about how he has avoided as much as possible the use of digital cameras with extreme clarity, preferring to use a 35mm film camera. “I try to reduce the visibility of the medium,” he says of his photographs. “I want them to look easy, to make the viewer not think about me first.” (Tillmans, 17.02.2017)

From the point of view of my practise, I feel this humanistic representation of the scene would work particularly well with scene fo memory. Rather than a busy picture where there is almost too much to look at I would prefer there to be some soft, empty space for the viewer to have the space and breadth to recall their own memories.


ARTnews, T. (2018). From the Archives: Wolfgang Tillmans's Deceptively Casual Photography -. [online] ARTnews. Available at: http://www.artnews.com/2017/02/17/from-the-archives-wolfgang-tillmanss-deceptively-casual-photography/ [Accessed 28 Apr. 2018].

Allen, J. S. a. N. W., 1975. Photography, Vision and Representation. Critical Inquiry, Autumn, 2(1), p. 143–169.