Dart – or the spirit of place

I have been doing a bit of research into the concept genius loci: In contemporary usage, genius loci usually refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere, or a “spirit of place“. A fantastic example on literature’s ability to capture genius loci is to be found in Alice Oswald’s beautiful poem Dart Dart is a long poem about the River Dart, where…

Genius Loci

ANSEL ADAMS (1902-84) Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California (1944)  Gelatin silver print. A dramatic celebration of the natural world San Francisco-born Ansel Adams took his first photograph in 1916, but his original plan was to become a pianist. At the age of 12 he started teaching himself to play the piano and read…

the integrity of the land as a geographical body

I’ve spent the morning in company of Gretel Ehrlich, or to be more precise: with her book The Solace of Open Spaces (1986). Thunder Basin National Grassland From where I’m reading, this book is sliding beautifully into the discussion on landscape, art & writing. Listen to this: The emptiness of the West was a geography…

den Zuhörer zum Zuschauer zu machen

I have been writing art criticism for many years, but today my interest for: ekphrasis locus amoenus  genius loci are mainly connected to my fictional writing (my two ways of writing are not (cannot be?) unrelated). I’m trying to find a way to transfer/transmit the emotional experiences of places in as few words as absolute…