This website is a showcase for a landscape project, I am working on. Looking at land use in the UK and Europe, particularly the role of national parks.
The aim of the project is encourage debate about what the role of the countryside should be, and the best ways to manage it. With issues such as climate change taking centre stage, a goal for the project is to inform and challenge some of the perceptions of what actually a natural environment is.
Just because a landscape is green, doesn’t make it natural.
The project itself is definitely in it’s infancy and should be seen as ‘work in progress’. Check back to see how it evolves.
‘A Visually jarring reminder that our national parks are characterized by the same harsh geometries we see in our cityscapes ‘
‘The British landscape is uniquely man-altered and this aerial perspective not only confirms this, it is a most engaging and important photographic project from an aesthetic point of view‘
Martin Shakeshaft M.A. – Visual Journalist / Photographer / Lecturer.
Since studying Documentary Photography at Newport College of Art in 1985, Martin has worked as a freelance photojournalist and lecturer.
Clients have included, BBC; Channel 4 Television; Dispatches; S4C; The Economist; The Daily Mirror; The Independent; Newsweek Magazine and many others. A selection of his work is housed in the National Museum of Wales’s permanent collection.
Martin is a Senior lecturer in Photography and Video at De Montfort University in Leicester. He is also a CAA certified commercial drone pilot. Other work can be seen at www.martinshakeshaft.com