Beautiful Dreamer: Garret Suhrie’s moonlit landscapes

I can certainly appreciate much of Suhrie’s work, particularly having spent some time looking on his website. But, I am left thinking to some degree negatively about a general formal mannerism present in so much landscape work (to his credit, there is a good deal of work that avoids this – but much that does not). I get that in a technical sense many motifs are worth doing – it seems every photographer within this ilk will at some point focus stack, run longer time exposures to create more picturesque qualities in water flows, etc. However, I think it is a legitamate criticism to question whether these images should be featured too prominently in the totality of one’s work – assuming one wants to distinguish their approaches and conceptual processing of landscape from any number of calendar fodder photographers over the last thirty years or so. Add to this the fact that I am seeing very redundant subject matter. I think I’ve seen that exact fisherman, or an very similar one, in at least one other photographer’s work within the last year here on DPR. And perhaps we should ask ourselves as an example how many iceberg shots we need in the wider photographic diet (admittedly they can be beautiful). Perhaps I am framing things too critically. But I do think it fair to expect that those garnering attention should represent, to some greater extent, a level of originality in form and concepts.

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