Sublime – I guess we all have an idea of what the word means and we might even apply it as a description to things we see and experience. How many of us could describe what it actually means using other words?
On Monday we were treated to a fantastic presentation by Tom Peck who addressed that very point. We Started with definitions from Edmund Burke (1730 to 1797) where the word has overwhelming emotional connotations and compared this with Immanuel Kant where the word describes an experience which is more intellectual. And then looked at what that might mean, first in paintings and then in some awe inspiring photographs.
OK, that all sounds a bit high-brow – it wasn’t. Everyone had something complimentary to say about the talk and it was one of the rare occasions when people will go away genuinely trying to apply what they have learned in their own pictures. If you haven’t seen Tom deliver this presentation it is real feast for the eyes and the mind.
You can find out more about when Tom might be presenting again by visiting Quest Photography. This is the website Tom shares with Colin Westgate and outlines the tours they run, but you can also see his itinerary. Please try to catch this talk – you won’t be disappointed.
Tom sent us the pictures from this page to help illustrate some elements of the sublime (click on the images for a closer look)