Academic journal article Studies in Sociology of Science

Imagery Scenery-Innovative Expression of Washing Landscape Painting Photography

Academic journal article Studies in Sociology of Science

Imagery Scenery-Innovative Expression of Washing Landscape Painting Photography

Article excerpt

The traditional landscape culture with the theory that "man is an integral part of nature" has been deeply absorbed by Chinese people. The love and desire for nature has brought numerous shutterbugs to the team of landscape photography. The value of art lies in innovation. How to shoot distinctive and unique landscape pictures? The rich and colorful aesthetic sentiment in Chinese traditional landscape culture is the foundation and resource of the current innovation of landscape photography. This paper tries to combine modern photography skills and technologies with traditional landscape aesthetic theory so that to investigate an innovative expression of transforming the realistic characteristic of photography into creative form of imagery scenery.


The author of this paper thinks that the artistic creation of landscape photography should pay attention to the pure art spirit pursuit of landscape photography, find different and unique ways of expression, try to learn and absorb excellent Chinese traditional landscape culture's aesthetic sentiment, pursue the artistic form of humanistic spirit, and transfer the culture and ideology accumulation into an aesthetic realm. In the science and technology developed modern society, to combine modern photography skills and technologies with Chinese traditional landscape aesthetic sentiment, transfer the realistic characteristic of photography into heart reflected imagery, pursue mental and spiritual aspects from the real scenery, convert real landscape into mind and thoughts, and seek for a scenery out of the real landscape is called the imagery scenery by the author.

First, imagery scenery follows the "resemblance of non-resemblance" aesthetic theory. It is the scenery created by the photographer in their minds instead of the real landscape saw by them. The ultimate aim of "resemblance of non-resemblance" theory is the spiritual conveyance rather than realistic expression which is used for achieving the aim of spiritual conveyance. Second, the core of the imagery scenery photography creation is the "mind". "Mind" is an innovation, originality and imagination, and also the location of the aesthetic sentiment of the landscape. By creation and imagination, base on realistic landscape and finally get to the realm of spiritual conveyance via the picture. Last, the modeling theory of imagery scenery enriches the expression field of landscape photography from realistic to enjoyable and provides basis for variability of the artistic expression means of landscape photography.


Specific speaking, innovation and exploration of imagery scenery in visual expression style, methods, and forms could be concluded into the following four aspects.

1) The Pursuit of "Resemblance of Non-Resemblance" in the Imagery Scenery Photography

Huang Binghong once said: "The real resemblance of painting is the resemblance of non-resemblance." The saying "the scenery is like a picture is just because it is not as good as the picture" said by him is an incisive conclusion of the fact that artistic image is higher than the natural scenery. Because painters create landscape painting by selecting the essence of natural scenery and put people's enthusiasm and ideal into their painting to make it perfect which can never be reached by the natural scenery. Qi Baishi once said: "The most wonderful part of painting is between the resemblance and the non-resemblance. Too similar is vulgar and too dissimilar is cheat". The most precious part of "resemblance of non-resemblance" is that it is a higher typical artistic image than the real life from which we can see the accomplishment, tolerance, behavior, and virtue of the photographer.

The characteristic of the camera is that the pictures it shot is too similar and too real which has to depend on beautiful scenery to get great photos. …

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