Amanda Harman - A Fluid landscape

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48 pp / 230 x 190mm
Fedrigoni papers:
350gsm Satin cover
170gsm Satin text
140gsm Woodstock endpapers
Edition of 200
ISBN 978-1-9996077-2-2

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“It is precisely what is invisible in the land, that makes what is merely space to one person a place to another.”

Water is at the heart of the Somerset Levels. Once sea, it has gradually become land through a succession of salt marsh, freshwater wetland and rich summer pasture. Human intervention has seen rivers diverted, bogs drained and an intricate network of ditches, sluices and sea defences installed to keep the water at bay.

In recent years this land, damaged by drainage, agriculture and intense peat extraction, has been returned to marsh, creating a ‘new’ ancient landscape of water filled rhynes, damp fens, wet fern woodland, salt marsh and open water, fringed with reed beds.

I visited this landscape at a time in my life when loss and uncertainty had become very present. It became a place to reflect, a place of silence and recollection. The fluid and shifting nature of this ancient landscape spoke to me of the past and also of presence, that life is transient but also constant, that the past can be tangible as well as elusive.

These photographs tell the story of this watery landscape, tracing encounters with the changing of the seasons, the gradual return of marsh flora and fauna, the contant shifting of light, weather and tides; a reflection on the nature of impermanence and of transformation.


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