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Louis Blackmore's book "The Neandertal Collection"


Foreword

Neandertal is known worldwide as the central area of development regarding the history of human evolution. It is furthermore well known for its natural topographical history, and environmental leisure. During the 19^th . Century long before the discovery of the Neandertal Man. It was extremely famous for its idyllic landscape, original beauty, and ecological specialities, only really being appreciated by artists' und the Düsseldorf art Academy, and at the same time radically facing destruction at the hands of the quarrymen and industry in the search for raw materials. Today however, nature has reclaimed the Neandertal valley piece for piece, returning it into a natural refuge after it being declared a natural protection area in 1921. Landscape photography was a passion that had fascinated Louis L. Blackmore for years, with his love, dedication, and approach to nature he made it possible to photograph some of the hidden treasures to be seen in the beauty of modern day Neandertal. Modern day experts well acclaimed with the topography of Neandertal are amazed at how Neandertal is viewed, and artistically portrayed as art through the camera of Louis L. Blackmore . His work is proof that a landscape full of harmony, and fascinating beauty can still be found, despite its history of destruction during the past 150 years. This is a chance for the future of the Neandertal valley, and Louis L. Blackmore's photographs suggest we take this chance seriously.

Prof. Dr. Gerd-Christian Weniger
Director of Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann


Introduction

Photography dominates an extensive part of our every day life, for which we owe a great deal of thanks to, as well as the information, knowledge, and lasting memories -- emphasized realistically, seductively, or as a substitute for personal experiences. The art of artistic Landscape photography that can be achieved is clearly depicted in this very individual collection of works presented by Louis L. Blackmore who predominantly portrays his impressionistic art, in a manner portrayed only in a way usually associated with painters of art. Elements of surrealism can be traced in some of his abstract designed pictures, adding only to the enigma and fascination of his work. Water is constantly a preferred motive of Louis L. Blackmore's photography, symbolising life in a subtle way. His composition, of waterfalls and streams, colouration, and technical control of the camera, quite often reminds one of Paintings with natural backgrounds composed, and reproduced in brilliant colouration.

Landscape and wildlife photography, is equally important a part in aiding and assisting his creativity as well as sensibility, in creating mysterious and effective pictures depicting the diversity and manifold of nature. Notwithstanding is his Unmistakable command of the Camera. As the " Fine Arts" demand and put claim to close perception, so does equally the "Fine art" of Louis L. Blackmore's Photographic work. This book gives one the opportunity to do so.

Alfred Kruchen
art critic

German version