In the 21st century what is meant by a “natural landscape”? What is it that makes a landscape special? How do the people who live, work and play in a particular area relate to It? What part do these landscapes play in the lives of those who live in more urban environments?

In the event of changes to the landscape brought about by significant climate change, how will people respond to any measures taken to help protect that landscape and its possible uses?

Friday, 11 February 2011

Back to blogging

Back to blogging after a long period of quiet.

The project has progressed and I am about to launch a short You Tube video and three more postcards to complete the set of six . I will put these onto the blog in the near future.

I have been disappointed with the lack of response to the blog. I was hoping to raise some form of debate or wider conversation through this. However, fairly early on I became aware that farmers in particular, do not spend a lot of time on their computers. So I guess that’s one big bunch of interested people I am not talking to! I also discovered that many young people living in the Brecon area do not express much interest in their natural environment, and are more likely to use the internet for social networking.

Now I am trying to put together a short filmic essay. I want to use give voice to some of the different points of view and concerns I discovered during my conversations with farmers, graziers, towns people and tourists. I also think it is important to raise awareness of the plight of these areas, and why it is necessary to protect and nurture them for future generations. Not because they are rural idles, these are tough environments in which to live, but because these fragile landscapes help improve the air and water quality for those of us living more convenient urban lives, and in many cases more responsible for creating pollution in the first place.

I am also concerned that by running down or discouraging the small family farm, and the increasing imbalance between food requirement and production it would seem a good time to justify the use of GM seeds. Thus taking more control away from the individual and placing it firmly in the hands of the multinational companies.