Seeing the landscape, a search for hidden narratives

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Simonson, Wendeth Ann
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At the heart of this discussion is the hypothesis that the prairie landscape hides its story from those passing through it, and that by looking at it from the air as well as from the ground, in both a measured way and in a poetic way, we can uncover the hidden and reveal the invisible, and in doing so tell the truer story. To study the legibility of the story created by and contained within a landscape, this project analyzes a portion of the Manitoba prairie. It uses aerial photographs and ground photographs of the site in a search for its hidden narrative. The views are considered not only within the established traditions of landscape analysis, but also in a very personal way: through the poetic measures of intuition, memory and sensory experience, the findings of which are expressed in literary form.