Jem Southam

Jem Southam is renowned for his colour images of landscapes, he started taking these in the 1970’s and still is today, his trademark style is observation. He may revisit a location several times and document any changes that he can notice, this may happen over months or years. I think that Southams images are a documentation of the balance between nature and human presence, he doesn’t try and make his images look ‘pretty’ like many landscape photographers do, such as Ansel Adams, but he shows what is actually there and how humans have effected what the landscape for example with litter being present. When taking my images for ‘encountering cultures’ I am going to experiment with looking at how guans have effect the landscapes that I am looking at. Is it different for different types of areas if so why might that be?

Artsy. 2014. Jem Southam photography [online]. Available at [9th November]

V&A. 2014. Landscape photography by Jem Southam [online]. Available at [9th November]