Landscape photography is described as the process of taking pictures of the world around us in all of its wonder and glory.
From pictures of sunlight blasting through a tree lined hilltop or the waves sweeping over a rocky coastline, there is no shortage of material for the landscape photographer to take advantage of.
The vast majority of landscape photography lacks one particular element and that is the presence of human beings or any sort of animal at all for that matter.
The inanimate object is the primary subject matter for the landscape photographer.
A very large motivating factor in the art of landscape photography for many practitioners of the art is environmentalism in nature.
What better way to describe the effects of the human species and the propensity of humans to wreak havoc on the natural world.
What cannot be expressed in words and be expected to have the same effect on the human psyche can be expressed by the landscape photographer by simply taking a few color shots of the beach and the surrounding fauna drowning in the oil spillage of a ruptured tanker or offshore drilling rig.
The effects of landscape photography in its ability to move people in a way that they will act goes all the way back to 1872 when the work of William Henry Jackson was used to help convince Congress to create a National park at Yellowstone.
Ansel Adams, arguably the most famous landscape photographer of all time, at least in the U.S, was actually given the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in helping to stimulate conservation and for his role in the mass awakening of the public consciousness in the same.
The images that are produced by these master landscape photographers are some of the most moving and transcendental images ever produced by the camera and photographer working in tandem and show how images can motivate and transform a society.