I was inspired to add a story here about the links between walking and art after reading an article in yesterday's "Guardian" about Richard Long, who is a landscape artist in an unconventional sense. He walks. And he places objects or creates lines on the landscape, which he then photographs. So this story expands on the idea of creating or reshaping physical features in the landscape and calling it art. Is it a valid form of artistic expression?
- It's an intriguing topic - what is art and what is mere tinkering with a few rocks?
- Aren't the natural features of the landscape often beautiful in themselves?
- And structures made by men and women in the landscape, if seen from the right position, in certain light, can create a moving impression even if there is no artistic intent
- Landscape photography seeks to capture these impressions, often when we are out walking - so what's different with what Richard Long does?
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne - 17 June 2012< Back to England page for links to other stories
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|