Following feedback both here and on the OCA Discussion Forum I have made several changes to my provisional series for assignment 1. Whilst a number of critiques were positive about the geometry of the winter branches the series was rather one dimensional. The most significant change is therefore the inclusion of some different perspectives of the same land.
Landscape assignment 1 asks us to convey our interpretation of beauty and/or the sublime and I selected Stourhead as the site for this series as it is recognised as one of Britains greatest landscape gardens and in that sense a landscape specifically designed to be picturesque. I was interested in how effectively its eighteenth century designer and its latter-day guardians had been successful in keeping nature inside the bounds of their preconceived notion of the beautiful. I wanted to look the “other way” where nature was pushing back into the man-made landscape and reinstating its natural and chaotic state. It is a study of the edgelands that surround and at times have invaded a groomed, stylised, idyllic landscape.
The final submitted series will be accompanied by a 500 word supporting text but at this stage I would appreciate any feedback you might have.