Dan Mitler

Top 25 Top 25 landscape photography quotes

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We’ve carefully collected the 25 most inspiring landscape photography quotes of all time –  a well of inspiration for artists and photography aficionados alike.

─── by Elizabeth Kahn, November 6, 2023
  • As one of photography’s oldest and most beloved genres, landscape photography has given us some of the most captivating and iconic images in history. This compilation of 25 quotes from some of the most iconic names in photography, painting and more, aims to offer motivation and encouragement for aspiring landscape photographers and enthusiasts around the world.

    color landscape photo of the Faroe Islands by Conrad Golovac
    "The Faroes” - Faroe Islands © Conrad Golovac

    1.“Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill” David Hockney

    2.“The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson⁠

    3. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.– William Shakespeare

    4. “I have a fondness for when the landscape becomes surreal.” – Edward Burtynsky

    5. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

    Photo: “The Faroes” – Faroe Islands © Conrad Golovac

    color landscape photo of green hills in Scotland by Samuel Comber
    "Scotland Winter Colour” - Scotland © Samuel Comber

    6.“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Claude Monet

    7. “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

    8. “Any landscape is a condition of the spirit” – Henri Frederic Amiel

    9. “Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape” – Janet Fitch

    10. In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.” – Hans Hofmann

    Photo: “Scotland Winter Colour” – Scotland © Samuel Comber

    Quotes, Color landscape photography of the Tanalian River in Alaska by April Blum
    “After the Falls” - Tanalian River, Alaska © April Blum

    11. “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

    12. “In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

    13. “I am never interested in the individual but in the human species and its environment.” – Andreas Gursky

    14. “Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” Charles Lindbergh

    15. “Landscape is a piece that is emotional and psychological.” – Jim Hodges

    Photo: “After the Falls” – Tanalian River, Alaska ©  April Blum 

    Quotes, color landscape photography of “Horseshoe Bend” - Arizona, United States by Jorge Fis De Los Santos
    “Horseshoe Bend” - Arizona, United States © Jorge Fis De Los Santos

    . “Nature is the art of God.” – Dante Alghieri

    17.“The landscape of any farm is the owner’s portrait of himself.”– Aldo Leopold

    18. “The soul of a landscape, the spirits of the elements, the genius of every place will be revealed to a loving view of nature.” – Karl Jaspers

    19. “I love nature, I love the landscape because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests.” – Henry David Thoreau

    20. “If one could only catch that true color of nature – the very thought of it drives me mad.” – Andrew Wyeth

    Photo: “Horseshoe Bend” – Arizona, United States © Jorge Fis De Los Santos

    color landscape photo of island of lake Toya in japan by Song Wei Yin
    Lake Toya, Nakajima Island - Japan

    . “Nature is pure spirit, it is the biggest artist. If you want to document its art, you have to see Art in nature” – Orsolya Haarberg

    22.“My emotions, instincts, and interests are all with nature”– Eliot Porter

    23.  “Images can help us understand the urgency many photographers feel to protect wild places” – Cristina Mittermeier

    24.“When the magic hour arrives, my thoughts center on light rather than on the landscape” – Galen Rowell

    25.“Nature is my muse, and it’s been my passion” – Frans Lanting

    Photo: “ Lake Toya, Nakajima Island” – Japan © Song Wei Yin

    Cover image: Death Valley National Park – USA © Dan Mitler


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