Alternative Languages of Landscape Analysis: Visualizing Geography Through Photography

  • David J. KeelingEmail author
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In both academic and lay geography communities, the use of imagery such as photographs, maps, film, and other visualizations has stimulated renewed ideas about the language of landscape analysis and interpretation. Post-millennial students especially appear to be increasingly stimulated intellectually by visual imagery, as geographic information science, memes, and creative open-source image software have democratized the creation of maps and other visual imagery. This chapter explores the use of landscape photography as a visual language that facilitates analysis and interpretation of landscapes as palimpsests. How does visual imagery help us understand landscape change over space and time, and facilitate a broader and deeper understanding of the language of place, society, and environment spoken by photographic imagery? A representative sample of images, drawn from a personal database of over one million digital pictures covering over 100 countries, provides the framework for a discussion of how photographs can open up new areas of discourse about who we are and how we interact with the landscape.


Landscape interpretation Imagery Representation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and GeologyWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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