Speaker – Peter Van Rhijn (Intimate Landscapes)


March 12, 2024    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Edithvale Community Centre - Banquet Hall
131 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M2N 2H8

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Presentation Outline:

Intimate Landscapes was the term coined by the critics to describe the work of Dr. Eliot Porter in the book “In Wildness is the Preservation of the World.”

We can also describe these images as small landscapes, in which we do not include the horizon. Typically, we can capture these images on overcast days in forest settings. However, another definition might be valid: landscapes which we take on the middle ground between macro shots and full landscapes. Besides in forests, we could make these images on beaches, in canyons, deserts, meadows, waste places, and bogs.

In my case, I started to get serious with nature photography when I discovered the wild orchids of Ontario. In the bogs where these orchids were common, I took my first intimate landscapes. Soon after that I purchased Eliot Porter’s book and I started to consciously focus more on that middle ground where less can often be more.


Starting in 1974, Mississauga Camera Club (then South Peel CC) members first taught Peter photography.  In Peter’s AV shows, photographic art comes first. Producing AV shows has typically been Peter’s incentive to shoot and he has given his AV shows all around North America, including many visits to the NECCC weekend in Amherst, Mass. Peter was awarded Associate Membership (ANEC) of the NECCC.

He was present at the inaugural meeting of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), in Fort Myers (FL) and rounded out their weekend with his medium-format show: ‘Strength in Beauty’. Peter was a member of Fujifilm’s USA talent team.  Peter’s shows were presented at Camera Canada College three times.

Peter has given several full-day photographic seminars.

Stock photography was a spin-off of Peter’s efforts and his images have been sold around the world.

In 1999 Peter chose www.naturephotos.com as his personal web domain. For more details:



Please note:  On evenings where we have a guest speaker, there is a $10.00 cover charge at the door for non-members.

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