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Archive: 11 collections - 130 images, updated January 2023
'GENIUS LOCI' collections
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῾The landscape affects the human psyche - the soul, body and our innermost contemplations - like music. Each time you have a deeper connection with nature, you resonate in accord with her, finding new ways of balance and freedom.”- Nikos Kazantzakis, ‘Traveling - Morias’
In classical Roman religion, a genius loci was the protective spirit of a place. In Asia the numinous spirits of places are still honoured today with pillar shrines in both urban and rural settings. The English poet Alexander Pope made the concept an important principle in garden and landscape design during the Enlightenment of the 18th century and in the modern era the Norwegian architect Christian Norberg-Schulz popularise the concept in architectural theory in his book ‘Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture’. The contemporary usage of genius loci refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere, or the “spirit of a place”.
The typological spectrum of landscape photography has developed over the years to include topographic/documentary, editorial and expressive approaches. In the Integral Lens paper, professor Mark DeKay and Pygmalion Karatzas have identifies these complementary perspectives in their study of architecture photography, noting that such a typological spectrum is evident it and can as well apply to other photographic genres.