If there is a period in art I wish I could emulate through photographs, it would be Romanticism. This movement was a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature. Artists of this style often sought to capture a vision of untamed nature, or man as a Byronic loner being confronted by the vastness of the world. Bizarrely enough, some wealthy estate owners of the 19th century paid imitation "hermits" to live on their properties, which were also stylized to look unkempt and embody the vision of this period.
These paintings, all by Thomas Cole, don't show any figures dramatically facing the abyss, but do exemplify the detailed landscapes that were popular at the time. There are no faces large enough to empathize with, but the canvases still seem bursting with life and energy. The very skies seem to embody more emotion than any single soul... paintings by Thomas Cole