Thursday, August 14, 2014

Roundscape of Mont St Michel

This is a Round Scape of the Mont St Michel area on the lower Normandy border. Mont St Michel is the second most popular tourist attraction in France and in August it reaches its peak visitor numbers.

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  Stereograpic projection 360 degrees of Mont St Michel (Normandy)
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The camera was placed on a ridge that was part of the original pilgrims walk and shows the car park at the base of the spher and the Mont St michel on the horizon at the top. This huge car park has altered the landscape so much that the 360 degree panorama becomes half landscape - half car park. If you see a face in this image, then the the toothy grin at the bottom half is all cars.

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Development of theme park from 8th Century to today.

The problem with this for me is that it takes any magic the place would have had and turns it into a theme park. This might seem harsh to be dismissive of such an imposing symbol but in the long term this will erode and distill any relationship between people and their own landscape heritage. You can still walk along the ridge through the marsh up to the town but its been intersected by the car park and anyway at the end of the car park theres a bus, so why bother.

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Video panorama of the scene used to create the Round scape of Mont St Michel.
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Round Scapes are framed original digital photographs of landscapes. Photographing panoramic landscapes allows me to manipulate these images into stereographic projections sometimes known as little planets.

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The size of the Round Scape print and frame together is 18 x 22cm with fittings allowing for wall mounting or free standing on a shelf or desk. Price £12.99
Larger versions 23cm x 28cm (Framed) are also available for £17.99
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