Seeing with light and landscape


 Seeing with light and landscape

Theatre 2
221 Bouverie Street, Theatre 2
221 Bouverie Street


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In addressing the much-neglected contribution of light to the conceptualization of landscape, I discuss how light circulates through our visual system and around the spaces we see, refuting notions that we can be detached from the landscapes that we view and characterize.

Though we see with the vital light and the landscape, our experiences are also invariably entangled with prevalent cultural values, meanings and representations. By drawing upon the experience of walking around an area of raised moorland in England's Peak District, I suggest that the experience of particular landscapes can be distinguished by the changing light that radiates upon them and to which we continuously become attuned.

By composing an autoethnographic account that highlights key moments when its effects seemed particularly acute, I exemplify the distinctive ways in which the shifting light interacts with elements within this particular landscape. I will supplement the discussion with speculation about the distinctive qualities of Australia's light and landscape.


  • Mr Tim Edensor
    Mr Tim Edensor, School of Science and Environment, The University of Manchester, UK