Installation of 16 photographs 40×28 cm with ventilator
‘The Viewfinder’ represents the effect of technology on our experience of the contemporary landscape. The internet has changed our visual understanding of the world around us. Locations that used to be hard to reach are now accessible within a matter of seconds. Every landscape in the world is documented by a camera or satellite. It has become our new way of traveling the world.
There is a constant need to document and share everything there is to see. We see the spectacular view after climbing a mountain only through the viewfinder of the camera’s around our necks. The photographs we take are proof of our existence and the places we have visited. Through other people’s photography we share their experiences of places we might never be able to see ourselves. Nevertheless, a photograph can’t do justice to the original landscape that is seen with the bare eye. A photographs found online cannot be a resemblance of the experience within a landscape when it has been influenced by the photographers’ perspective and the developments in technology. Why then, is our main focus when visiting a landscape documenting it in a photograph?