Circuits

Nature Photography

2 films
Through the environments and atmospheres that move me, I search for resonance with my inner feelings.
- Alexandre Deschaumes

DK2R Team

Photographing nature often stems from the photographer’s desire to share an emotion felt when observing crude forms. A desire to share the beauty he/she has seen in those forms, but not just that: to question the place of man, of animal, to contemplate a poetical nature and its fragility in the face of ecological threats; these themes are at the centre of the photographer’s gaze.

To all appearances simple, a given fact, nature in photography therefore poses profound questions in the realms of aesthetics and philosophy.

We think we are photographing a tree that we consider “beautiful”, but is it the framing that makes it an aesthetic object, or do “original art forms” exist prior to the image as we can see in the work of Karl Blossfeldt?

Take out your essays “Nature and culture; is beauty a natural state?”, you have four hours!

But let us leave Rousseau and the philosophy exam aside and travel light-heartedly through each angle this overview has to offer!

We will soon see that the great nature photographers also question our earthly condition and are often philosophers, sometimes in spite of themselves.

Films on the circuit

PHOTOGRAPHIER-NATURE-DESCHAUMES
movie duration 53’
The Quest for Inspiration
France - 2012 volume icon en
Colour • Photographing nature • Extreme photography ...
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The Quest for Inspiration

This film will place you right alongside Alexandre Deschaumes, photographer of the extreme. In farthest Patagonia, Iceland, in wild environments, alone or in small teams, he hunts down the naked beauty of hostile lands, seeking the dream angle. Among these desert regions, without trace of any humans, he defies both fatigue and the elements, and ultimately transforms his emotions into landscapes by placing humans there.

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PHOTOGRAPHIER-NATURE-MINKKINEN
movie duration 50’
Still Not There, Arno Rafael Minkkinen: A quarter century of self-portraiture
Finlande, Allemagne - 1996 volume icon fi subtitle icon English
Black and White • Nude Photography • Self-portrait ...
Black and White • Nude Photography ...

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Minkkinen's human landscapes

This film will immerse you in the grandiose Finnish landscapes, through the prism of pranks of the naked body of the photographer Arno Minkkinen. Because it is in dialogue with his own nudity that the photographer reveals the purity of the fjords, the fragility of all bodies and of life.

He plays with nature, sometimes extending it, defying it, and finally creating extraordinary abstract forms to which he holds the secret. His cut-outs of the naked body in particular settings, despite everything, seem universal.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

• VOYAGE ÉTHÉRÉ - artist and author: Alexandre Deschaumes ; 2016 ; Escourbiac ; French

• AU FIL DES SONGES - artist: Vincent Munier ; author: Vincent Munier, Michel Munier and Charlélie Couture ; 2010 ; Kobalann Eds ; French