The term "intimate landscapes" is one with a history in landscape photography. In 1979 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York held its first-ever exhibition
of color photography with photographs by Eliot Porter, entitled "Intimate Landscapes". Porter showcased a personal view and interpretation of nature that elevated photography way above documentation. His sublime portraits were rather about him as an artist than about his subjects. This approach lingers on in modern landscape photographers where a small number of artists move away from the grand, epic scenes and seek expression in smaller, intimate and individual approaches.
I did not choose this approach to fit for my photography, rather I discovered that year after year the photographs that mean most to me are the small scenes. The longer I spent time photographing the more obvious it becomes to me that the real development as a photographer is not become more skillful in the execution of photos, be it in the field or during post-processing. The most important part happens before you decide to take a photo. Seeing it is more important than doing it. I do not mean that only in the sense of training your eye to look for interesting subjects, but rather in the sense of learning to see in the most subjective way possible.