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“As an image of nature, the landscape can no longer be conceived of as independent of human kind but is always we ourselves have created”

Hans Joachin Schellnhuber, Vanishing Landscapes,[1]

“In wilderness is the preservation of the world”

Henry David Thoreau

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Through our intervention and cultivation we shape the land around us, few spaces on earth can be considered un-touched any more. The Somerset Wetlands are no exception and the level of influence we have on the landscape is extensive. The dialectic of this relationship is the outward aesthetic of the space, which appears as a perfect example of nature, whilst being sustained and largely manufactured in a way that can be seen as the opposite.

Wetlands: Genesis is an investigation of these thoughts in a personal space. Whilst the components and tools that maintain the landscape seem blunt and destructive they yield a delicate place that is nurtured into being, despite the rawness of the process.

It is an intricate web of reactions and relations that is entirely managed and ordered. The images are structured and ordered in a reflection of this; a flow of straight lines that transgresses the content. Similar to the construction of the site this is hidden behind the veneer of life on the Levels.

These are themes that can transcend any specific place and comment on our domestication of the earth.


[1] Schellnhuber, H, J. Vanishing Landscapes, Francis Lincoln Limited, Printed in Italy, 2008, Pg 2

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