It is certainly I who have the experience of the landscape, but in this experience I am conscious of taking up a situation, of bringing together a significance dispersed among phenomena, and of saying what they of their own accord mean.

Merleau-Ponty, M. (1962: 263)

The landscape, in short, is not a totality that you or anyone else can look at, it is rather the world in which we stand in taking up a point of view on our surroundings.

Ingold, T. (2001: 173)

…a landscape is the most solid appearance in which a history can declare itself.

Inglis, F. (1977: 489)

You can ask of landscape, as of weight, how much there is, but not what it is like.

Ingold, T. (1993: 153-4)

By becoming part of the everyday, the taken-for-granted, the objective and the natural, the landscape masks the artifice and ideological nature of its form and content. Its history as a social construction is unexamined.

Duncan, J. (2005: 19)

Sometimes a landscape seems to be less a setting for the life of its inhabitants than a curtain behind which their struggles, achievements and accidents take place.

Berger, J. (1967: 13)

Through living in it, the landscape becomes a part of us, just as we are a part of it. Landscape is the world as it is known to those who dwell therein. It is …the everyday project of dwelling in the world.

Ingold, T. (2000 : 191)

…the landscape thinks itself in me… and I am its consciousness.

Cezanne, P.

About the Landscape Research Group

The Landscape Research Group exists to generate greater understanding of, and engagement with, landscape. To do this, we sponsor events, give awards, fund research and produce the peer-reviewed journal Landscape Research and  newsletter Landscape Research Extra. We are concerned with all types and aspects of landscape, from wilderness and cultural landscapes to the built environment. Our over-arching priority is to advance research that contributes towards just and sustainable relationships between people and landscape.

LRG represents (through our trustees, members and partnerships) a broad range of disciplines, including geographers, planners, landscape architects, archaeologists, ecologists and many others within the arts, humanities and sciences. Our membership is open to anyone who has an interest in landscape and hopes to broaden or deepen their understanding of this multi-faceted subject.

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