Landscape Photoshop
Non routine landscape

This image was inspired by work done by Oren R. Cohen. On his website he states:

“In memory I don’t see snap-shot still moments, rather a melding, a mashing of events and sounds and images that crash together without regard for linear time or space.”

I wanted to capture the same mixed/mashed feeling; a day dreamy story to show the mental and physical influences that I had been experiencing recently while being at school. Using four images – a young Johann Itten, a photograph I took of our class room roof, myself and some birds, I pursued that idea. The windswept birds and me looking far off into the distance helped me create the non routine landscape that fitted the brief. I used an online program to layer the photos, manipulated the colours, tones and edited out backgrounds that weren’t necessary in those four photos. My trial and error images that got discarded are at the end of this page.

What I particularly like is the negative image my forehead and hairline makes. It actually looks like an island inlet and a bed of water with seagulls flying over it. I would have liked to have faded the right & left hand side of the photo so that it blended more but otherwise I think the composition is good.

Johann Itten – 

The inspiration

Oren R. Cohen Photography Non-Linear Project  –


‘Untitled’ by Oren R. Cohen


‘Untitled’ by Oren R. Cohen

I found a couple of similar photos on Eric Kim’s website by a photographer called Harry Callahan.


Both photos are copyrighted by the estate of Harry Callahan.

What’s interesting is, I read what Eric Kim had to say regarding how to be a good photographer. Under The Photography Manual he says:

1. Don’t take photos; make photos


The first piece of advice: don’t take photos; make photos.

Taking a photo is forceful. It is stealing someone’s soul (without their permission). Taking doesn’t contribute anything back to your subject.

Making a photograph is creative. It is a collaboration with someone else. You are more intentional, more artistic, and more loving in your approach. You dance with your subject, and both of you make the image together.

The Photography Manual

Here are three other attempts of making a non-routine landscape.