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The impact of man

by Keith Ramsey

Every Friday, Darren invites someone to become ‘Guest Editor’ for the day to choose and discuss three or four images that have not been previously published on the website.  Today’s Guest Editor is Keith Ramsey, a historian who also takes photographs and tries to write.  He is one half of Bristol Research.  Keith has chosen to focus on landscape images.

I have very mixed feelings about the impact of man on the landscape. Part of me admires the beauty and ingenuity of bridges, roads, railways and other such structures, but another part of me wishes that they weren’t there, that the land could be returned to its natural state. Of course, in many parts of the world, we’ve been modifying the landscape to suit ourselves for so long it’s meaningless to talk about its “natural” state, so perhaps the best that we can hope to achieve is some sort of balance between romantic ideals and everyday necessities.

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