The earliest evidence of timber roads, preserved in a swamp around Glastonbury, England, date from around 4000 BC. By the year 2022 AD most humans in the developed world now experience their immediate environment as they travel through it at considerable speed on a tarmacadam or asphalt surface. Inside our cars we are cut off from the landscape and view it through a glass screen as we would a television. At speeds of 30 to 70 mph the passing, fluid scenery becomes still images flashing before us in succession. As we navigate at this fast tempo the landscape becomes a hazy memory, both remembered and projected in the same moment.
These pinhole images move beyond the traditional landscape photograph, constituting a visual representation of the experience of moving through, rather than statically contemplating, our environment.
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