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Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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Scenes of a Beautiful but Volatile World

It has been said that the only certainty in life is death, but that is not entirely true. There is one other certainty about life, and that is that it is always changing. Whether you love or loathe change, you know that nothing will stay the same forever. Sometimes change can be good, like finding a well paid job after a long time in unemployment; but sometimes change can be bad, such as when a loved one develops a serious illness.

One of the most significant changes we are facing right now is climate change. Over time, these higher temperatures and raised sea levels are going to radically alter our landscapes. It therefore seems important to take a good look at the environment we live in now. Before it is gone for good.

In a novel exhibition being held at Somerset House, Landmark: The Fields of Photography is the first of its kind anywhere to show both the harsh and even brutal realities of our changing environment. On show until the 28th April, the exhibit features wide-ranging and ground-breaking images from more than seventy of the most highly regarded photographers in the world. There are pictures of exquisite beauty, they come with melancholy reminders of nature's transient existence.

The collection holds over a hundred-and-thirty images by photographers who demonstrate the essence of change by using both early 19th century technology such as plate-camera techniques, as well as hi-tech robots, drones, and satellites to capture highly defined vivid images.

This exhibit is accompanied by free tours that take place every Thursday at 1.15pm. Your guide will lead you through the gallery, examining some of the ideas and stories behind the pictures.
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Why? See the world without the hassle of travelling
When: 14th March - 18th April
Phone: 44 (0)20 7845 4600
Where: Somerset House
Cost: Free
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