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A collection of photographic works 2004 - 2008

I was asked a few years ago how I would define my photography. I never thought of myself as a photographer until that moment, but without even thinking I answered “framed landscapes”.

I have been taking photographs since I was a very young boy. I always played around with my brother’s Nikon and used to burn half the film before I got a good result. I decided to learn it more in depth, so I sat down and read every manual I could get my hands on and tried all sorts of things until I got my first photograph the way I wanted it.

During my military service years I took my camera everywhere I could and photographed the desert and the empty plains I passed through, and this is where I discovered my passion for landscape photography. Most of these photographs got lost or destroyed, but I was able to find a few that I scanned in low-res format. I wanted to incorporate some of them in this book as an anecdote, and also as a reference to where I started my journey, but after testing the layout, I decided it does not fit the setup and left them out for a future project.

I discovered that the photographed landscape itself is not enough though - it must have a meaning within the overall frame of the photograph, or else it gets lost within itself, as it has no story to tell and nothing to frame it as a whole. I discovered that in order to impose a meaning, even the grandest landscape must have a direction to take, a road to follow and it must allow the viewer to transcend beyond the photograph itself and be drawn into its deepest hidden meaning. Like a poem.

This is what I attempt with my work.

In the making of this book I have gone through every photograph I have ever taken in the past years and discovered more scenic shots than anything else. I guess this is my real passion. I also like portraits, but those must (in my mind) be surrounded by something defined and not just circumstantial. There has to be a reason for the face to be there - a frame that completes and compliments the person staring at you from the page. Still my greatest love is for the big empty spaces. I think it is because they face a challenge to me, as it is in my eyes the most difficult thing to photograph and make sense of without some type of body to scale the scene. And I like challenges.

Since it is impossible to put all my photos in one book, the work presented in this book is a collection of different photos from the past 4 years. They represent different placed and different times. They do not have a strict common denominator per-say, but they all reflect what I call – the desire to frame.

And without more ado, I do hope you find this collection as inspiring and fulfilling as the process of creating it was for me.


About the Author

Orr Nir
orrnir Israel

Publish Date  October 26, 2008

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  46 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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