Cumbria’s Multi-Dimensional Landscape

Turbine’s, Bothel

Cumbria is looked upon fondly by many people as a dramatic and beautiful landscape of lush green hills and glacier carved valleys. All of these things are true, but having grown up in the county all of my life, I see a great deal more than just the idyllic beauty of the National Park. Cumbria also has a dramatic industrial past, from the steel and ship building factories in Barrow to the treacherous slate mines in the central Lakes. Although there is a boom in tourism, the landscape has been shaped by hill farming and quarrying and it’s history is multi-layered. One of the fascinating and sometimes shocking things about Cumbria is the diversity within it. Travelling along Windermere shore you can snatch glimpses of £2 million homes, whilst 20 miles away to the coast as the crow flies, people live in very real poverty in some of the most deprived wards in the UK. My intention with the Edgeland project is to capture all of these elements and show Cumbria as much more than just a swelling tourist destination.

One thought on “Cumbria’s Multi-Dimensional Landscape

  1. the danger is viewing a landscape as if it´s a) always been like that. And b), it has to stay like that. Whilst feeling strongly about preservation, I ask myself sometimes if we know what we are preserving and even if we should preserve certain “time-views”. Cumbria has been carved by glaciers but the surface (what we see) has been shaped by man – or better said, largely the teeth of his sheep.
    I´ll be interested to see the results of your work! Good luck!

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