Louis Blackmore's book "The Neandertal Collection"
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
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.