What I’ve learned by trying to follow the vision of André Kertész is that you have to believe in yourself, in your own photography. Having faith gives your perception the boost that is needed to see with your heart and catch the moment. Like Kertész himself said.
Intro with walking shoes in the forest, ambient sounds and title animated on screen
“Do landscape photography not unlike André Kertész”
My name is Mikko Virtaperko, welcome to boreal forest. This place is in one of the areas I walk a lot. For the past three months I’ve been doing most of my landscape photography trips focusing on the work of André Kertész, trying to understand his vision and making my photos not unlike what he would have done.
Obviously, there’s two major differences: first, Kertész wasn’t a landscape photographer at all, he was a city dweller, living most of his life in three huge cities. That should not stop anyone to try to replicate his style in landscape photography or any other kind of photography. In fact, I believe that taking his style to a different kind of business might well be worth it to get a deeper understanding of what his style was all about.
The second major difference when comparing me and Kertész is that he is a master, had dedicated tens of years, most of his life to nothing but photography. While I can hope I could one day be a match for him, that is not the idea of this video. In short, the idea is to improve one’s vision by learning from others. More discussion about that in the introductory video of this series.
So far this has been a photograph I’ve judged myself to be my best delivery of André Kertész style in a landscape photography.
Fantôme 8 and dead spruce from above
It’s a dead spruce growing from a chasm between steep cliffs. What’s about Kertész in this are the idea of the scene grows bigger than the frame, the spectator can imagine the big picture by just seeing this. It is a theme that repeats over and over again in Kertész street photography. It’s shot from an elevated position. He shot a lot from balconies or rooftops, pointing his camera more or less down to the subject. Also this picture is unsharp, taken without a tripod with a very slow film. I don’t think he deliberately searched for defocused look but rather that he didn’t mind. Showing technical supremacy wasn’t too high in his priorities.
Let’s move on to see how this goes