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Landscapes are the provenance from which panoramic photography sprang, over a century ago. For a long time, painters had been producing monumental, sweeping views of the land, and photographers had a real "itch" to create something similar. This strong desire eventually became the mother of invention, and many panoramic technologies were born. By the early twentieth century, many photographers were busy trying to make images of the wide world as it really was.

Landscape photography was the same reason that I began exploring the medium of panoramics myself. The natural beauty of this world can be a truly awe-inspiring visual experience for me, and it seems that much of this awe of nature is wrapped up in the wide scope, the sweeping views, that it provides. "Normal" photography always seemed to me so inadequate, so incapable, of recreating that scope.


Rock, Water
and Plants

The Panoramic

of Bill Brockmeier

Clear Springs
Clear Springs (220 view): Bulverde, Texas 2002, Bill Brockmeier

It seems like forever that I was intrigued by our ability to see so much of the world at once, and yet standard cameras seemed so unable of capturing the same thing. I remember as a young boy, seeing for the first time some "ancient" black & white panoramic photos in a museum. I was fascinated by their ability to show so much of a scene, and wondered why my parents' "snap-shot" camera couldn't do the same thing. Eventually, I determined that somehow I would make my own panoramic photos. For a more in-depth view of how that unfolded, click here.

Most of the images in this website are available as archive quality prints, and you can find more information on obtaining them by clicking here.

This site is produced by little star Ideas, under the direction of Bill Brockmeier.
All text and images contained herein are Copyright 2002, 2003, Bill Brockmeier, All rights reserved.

This document was updated on 5/27/04.