An Altered Perception

After reading through the introduction to the book “The Altered Landscape,” I was hit by the last paragraph. It made me reflect on my own work and the importance of it in not just being critical about how life is now, but also as a positive way of looking at how life can one day be.
“These photographs challenge our traditional ideas of beauty and pleasure, but they also transcend simplistic lamentations about loss and ultimately suggest greater optimism about the future and the role we can play. J.B. Jackson wrote that “mobility and change are the key to the vernacular landscape, but of an involuntary, reluctant sort; not the expression of restlessness and search for improvement but and unending patient adjustment of circumstances.”
This last sentence really struck me as important to understand. There is so much, especially environmentally, that we have done wrong throughout the history of mankind, but we seem to be moving forward in this slow altering of our actions according to our surroundings. We’re evolving. Let’s just hope we evolve towards something better.

Posted November 20th, 2007 in Uncategorized.

One comment:

  1. peter:

    Damn Jim that’s a beautiful photo.

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