We are inseparable from the landscape, it is the arena in which we live out our whole lives, and we can’t survive without it. We often look to landscape for a sense of identity and belonging: a sense of place. Landscape is our link to history, and is layered with memories: evidence of things that have passed. Memory of landscape could be that of pleasure or of pain, depending upon the events that have played out there. It is like a mirror to our individual and collective memories, or a tapestry that has been woven with symbols, metaphors, and meanings.
To experience a landscape, and to learn to read its pathways and landmarks. Not just to see it, but to interpret it with the mind, is to furnish places with values; with emotions and meanings. I am conscious of this when I draw or photograph a place, and often wonder how many of the things that are felt, as well as seen, are captured in the work. Or indeed, what further memories and meanings, each viewer might also bring with them.
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