Rather than push my opinions, I thought I'd just try to provoke your own opinions. I title the thread "Modern" because in art in the twentieth century, the landscape almost disappeared; it was kind of an embarrassment to Modern painters, sculptors, etc. But then it came back in the 60s, primarily through Earthworks artists (think Smithson or Heizer). In photography, we moved to the New Topographics non-classic ideas of landscape, and now, to other non-traditional kinds. I'm taking the chapter headings with the quotes that accompany those headings; from the book Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography (2014) because they do a good job of surveying modern landscape photography: Sublime This world, he thinks, contains just one masterpiece, and that is itself. — David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet Pastoral I have in mind a robotic camera, the Pointer, which would wander and stop before a pleasant, photogenic scene. — The Photographic News, April 1865 Artefacts Contemporary photographers conduct a reappraisal of the industrial present by seeing it within the continuum of time in which all things rise and fall. The view of industry as an ephemeral phenomenon transforms industrial structures into cultural artefacts. — Judith Bookbinder Rupture God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods: but he cannot save them from fools. — John Muir, 1897 Playground American tourist Ella uses an iPad while riding a Wi-Fi outfitted donkey led by her brother Aaron, in Kfar Kedem, a biblical reenactment park in the village of Hoshaya in the Galilee, northern Israel. ... Organizers [of these tours] are hoping to connect the younger generation to ancient Galilee life while allowing them to like, share, tweet and snap it instantly to their friends. — Associated Press photo caption Scar It is the fuel oil that is poisoning the sea water. Whence the impoverishment, the progressive disappearance of the wonderful marine flora-fauna. ... [goes on for four more lines] — André Gide, 1931 Control A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. — Michael Pollan Enigma I would look at pictures and try to imagine that I'd never seen the subject before. How could the photograph be misinterpreted? What was ambiguous? How could scale be deduced? That bird in the distance flying past the man, a wingtip partly obscured by the man's out-flung arm -- I knew that the bird was a second creature in the distance, but if I didn't, couldn't it be a growth of the man's arm? — Jon Lomberg Hallucination Composite portraits are absolute quackery! What's next, composite landscapes? — The Photographic News, January 1888 Reverie Recently A. Richard Turner has noticed that some of Leonardo's ostensibly meticulous descriptions of the physiognomy of mountains were actually the product of his fertile imagination ... for Leonardo, it turns out, had never been anywhere near Mount Taurus. — Simon Schama If you're mystified by any of those headings, let me know and I'll link some examples. ******************** On photo.net, I see mostly "traditional" landscapes (Sublime, Pastoral). Would you agree? That's not what the current art world is paying attention to. What's your feeling about, for example, Control, Rupture, Scar, or Playground, which dominate what I see in the contemporary art-photography market?