Place is where an event is deemed to have occurred and time is when the event transpired. The search the photographer is engaged upon is the why. Both elements of time and place must be explored equally.
It is important to distinguish between the inherent qualities of a place, where the purpose is ascribed – or space which awaits its meaning – and site which remains open to the imagination.
It is autobiographical as the search is conducted over sites with personal significance, a known landscape – where research and knowledge are applied to amplify its presence and distinguish its position.
The chosen space, place or site has meaning that can be described. Why this place was chosen, and what is the legacy? It contains the three tenets of Landscape Photography as proposed by Robert Adams; Geography, Autobiography and Metaphor.
It is established in lore, and often transient; potentially a story but all that remains is a clue. It is an investigation of our presence, our existence, our actions and ultimately our legacy. The location (place) and meaning (time) must have some bearing on the intended audience.
To visit and capture is not enough, a sense of place is something you can feel, with observations leading to insights often acquired over time. To correctly construct and compose these constraints reflects an understanding of what is being observed.