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Creating Photographic Icons

Is now perhaps the right time to start pursuing your own artistic vision instead of chasing photographic icons that have been made famous by others? As Ian Plant says, the icons of the future could be the places you discover

Photographic icons are those places made famous long ago by other photographers, like Half Dome in Yosemite or Snake River Overlook in the Grand Tetons. Actually, more to the point, it isn’t really just the places that are famous, but the original compositions themselves which have achieved ‘classic’ status. For example, Snake River Overlook isn’t all that exciting unless you include Ansel’s famous s-curve, even though today the curve is mostly blocked by trees. No matter, photographers still flock by the hundreds every sunrise and sunset to this spot, each trying to …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 48 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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