A Place of my Own – Michael Pollan

In chapter 2 of this terrific book, Pollan describes his process for selection of the site for his new building. He read many sources such as the ‘romantic designers’ who were the first in the West to acquire and articulate a taste for ‘natural’ scenery in landscape and gardens. They expressed a preference for nature that looked like landscape paintings. In the 17th /18th century Joseph Addison wrote “works of Nature most pleasant the more they resemble works of Art” The composition of romantic landscape painting being divided into receding layers well composed from foreground to background But significantly offers spectators an inviting path that draws the eye in to the landscape. A reason to travel. The picturesque, the sublime.

Much like my experience of Scottish highland landscapes.


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