Photography

tenerife

Landscapes kept at distance - people within are apparently insignificant or far away, a squinting reference to 17th century’s Classical landscapes such as we know from Lorrain, Poussin or the Dutch masters - now turn out to be vistas of a ‘paradise’ for tourists. ‘Savage’ beaches, rocky cliffs and mountains that plunge into a hostile sea where humans are reduced to vanishing dots : surfers. Visions of a lunar landscape with no traces except a gathering of motor-coaches, far away : People explore the deserted ‘wilderness’ - but never out of reach with the shuttle-bus that carries them to another ‘unspoilt’ place next. It’s the effect that you produce looking through inverted binoculars : Things are kept at distance instead of being approached to and no further precision will be gained. When viewed in this manner, traveler and hiker, angler and other sportsmen will resemble ants on their hill. It is the human being that sets the scale of dimension, it’s activity proper remaining a mere anecdote, blending with the surrounding space.