Interest or Obsession?

Have we become obsessed with foregrounds? Mark Bauer reveals how to use foreground elements to your advantage and explains when your work will benefit from eliminating them altogether

Landscape photographers are obsessed with foregrounds. It seems you can’t open a photography magazine without reading about it, and, for many photographers, the first thing they do when composing a landscape is to look for suitable ‘foreground interest’. So how did this obsession develop and is foreground interest really as important as we think?

The current preoccupation seemed to begin when the work of large format landscape photographers such as Joe Cornish became popular. By exploiting the movements of their cameras, these photographers were able to put huge emphasis on the foreground, making it loom large in the frame, usually in combination with extensive depth of field and often in …

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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