A Classification of Landscapes

A new article has been recently published in On Landscape Issue No. 294 called A Classification of Landscapes. The article takes as its starting point the wonderful (in the old sense of the word) classification of animals in the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge from the short story by Jorge Luis Borges called The Analytical Language of John Wilkins. It applies the classification to Landscape Photography, albeit with a few slight changes of titles and meaning of the classes. The intent is to raise a smile but, as one of the first comments on the article mentions, there is also an underlying critique of cliché and thoughtless copying in the definitions of the classes. Other comments also suggested further classes in the list of “others” including those trying to be art, those with one tree, those that are mostly black, and those with a tiny foreground thing looming with distant mountains 🙂