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FIELDS 135 (MEDIUM) SOMERSET LEVELS 2023 Photograph - Limited Edition of 5

Ian Gabaldoni

United Kingdom

Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 24.8 W x 20.1 H x 0 D in

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This photograph is from the series SOMERSET LEVELS, a long term project started in 2018. The Levels are under threat from severe water pollution and high levels of phosphates are causing biological harm to the waterways ecosystem. Phosphate levels are three times higher than they should be on the Levels and the primary sources are from agricultural activities and water industry discharges. This daylight work is influenced by the 19th century European Romantic painters, notably Turner and Caspar David Friedrich. The German was interested in the contemplation of nature, and his work seeks an emotional response to the majesty of the natural world. I’m also interested in the idea of us looking at the natural world now in the context of the threat it faces from us. The photographs are printed on Photo Rag, by Hahnemuhle. The archival cotton artist’s paper, has a wonderfully soft feel and gives images a three-dimensional appearance and impressive pictorial depth. This paper produces outstanding prints that feature brilliant colours, deep blacks, and perfect reproduction of detail. Prints come in limited editions of 5 and 2 Artists Proofs. They are signed, titled and dated on reverse and shipped with a certificate of authenticity. For more information on the project please visit my website at

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:5

Size:24.8 W x 20.1 H x 0 D in

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Ian Gabaldoni. Born 1966. Landscape photographer based in Somerset. @iangabaldoni In 2019 I started working on a personal project photographing the Somerset Levels. Once completely submerged by water, the landscape has been reclaimed and transformed over centuries into a vibrant mosaic of internationally renowned wetland reserves and agricultural land. I am drawn to these seemingly uneventful places: the fields, drainage ditches, rivers, pastures and marshes that go unnoticed. In daylight, they appear gentle and unassuming, but at night they are filled with tension and anxiety. The Levels are under threat from severe water pollution and high levels of phosphates are causing biological harm to the waterways ecosystem. In May 2022, Natural England announced they were changing the status of all Somerset Levels Sites of Special Scientific Interest to ‘Unfavourable - Declining’, the worst status before ‘Destroyed’. All of Somerset’s main rivers are now polluted beyond legal limits and the Environment Agency plan to clean up our waterways has been moved back to 2063. I’ll be 96. I hope my work will inspire the viewer to notice the beauty and fragility of both the Levels and their own environments.

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