Picturing the landscape

In his Guardian piece last weekend, Robert Macfarlane (see earlier post) mentioned a forthcoming book by the photographer Dominick Tyler, a visual glossary of the British landscape.  Tyler was inspired by Home Ground, the project in which Barry Lopez recruited his fellow writers to provide “language for an American landscape”. Tyler had no intention, however, of attempting to produce an encyclopaedia. “A definitive glossary,” he says, “would contain many dull pictures of fascinating things and many fascinating pictures of dull things”. So in his book, Uncommon Ground, he has been selective, choosing features or phenomena – from ait to zawn – that make for powerful pairings of  pictures and words. The book won’t be published (by Guardian Books/Faber and Faber) until March 19, but you can get some sense of his approach from his promotional video.

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