‘this is how the earth must see itself’ uses the Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping system and symbols to explore the English coastline. Using a combination of archival material, open source data and photographs, the project follows the five rock features as a guide.
The book references the physical properties of the OS map; it’s format, tactility, and folding. Each handmade book includes 5 giclee print inserts on recycled paper from post consumer waste.
Edition 1-20: £140 (SOLD OUT)
Edition 21-40: £160 (SOLD OUT)
Edition 41-58: £180 incl. P&P
Handmade edition of 58 books, signed and numbered by the artist
Published in May 2021
116 pp, 51 images, 240x130mm
Paperback cover, coptic hand binding, phase-box enclosure
Digitally printed on papers that are FSC certified, including fibres from PCW*
5 limited edition giclee print inserts on recycled paper 7.5x5"
*Full details at the bottom of this page
Cambridge University Library (UK)
National Library of Scotland (UK)
National Library of Wales (UK)
The Bodleian Library: Oxford University (UK)
The British Library (UK)
The Library of Trinity College Dublin (UK)
The Tate Library (UK)
The Victoria & Albert Museum - National Art Library (UK)
Westminster University Library (UK)
FORMAT23: The Sustainable Photobook (2023)
Dulwich Art Festival: Ways of Seeing - Green (2022)
Photofusion: Scale & Substance (2022)
FORMAT21: Format Presents (2021)
Photofusion: SALON/21 (2021)
Glover Rayner Environmental Prize - Shortlist (2021)
Photofusion Select/21 (2021)
Royal Photographic Society Journal
Victoria & Albert Museum
“Tamsin Green’s work uses graphic representations of landscape to act as a pathway into how we map the world, how we see the world, and how we feel the world. It’s work where the distant representation of an Ordnance Survey map is transmitted into the feel of the earth, the sand, the grit beneath our feet.”
Colin Pantall, Writer, Photographer and Lecturer
"This is How the Earth Must See Itself … the title of Tamsin Green’s book suggests a challenge to the idea of the modern map – a disruption of its logic and an unseating of the subject as a sovereign observer, gazing at the land laid out before them. This is a book about landscape, but it’s not about a particular place. It’s about the symbols and systems that we impose upon space in order to create an idea of landscape. It’s about the physical processes that shape the land, and the discourses – visual, social, scientific, historical – that shape our experience of it. It’s about the work that we do in order to know the land, and to find ourselves in relation to the often formless reality on the ground."
Eugenie Skinkle, C4 Journal
"The complex combination of illustrations based on ordnance survey maps/archival material along with Tamsin's evocative black and white landscapes and the highly considered design/production of the book incites curiosity and wonder in equal measure. I really admire the way Tamsin engages with representations of landscape that are knowingly subjective yet evoke a sense of universality by dealing with broader questions of mapping, classification and our entangled and complex relationship to our natural surroundings."
Dafna Talmor, Artist and Lecturer
"Tamsin Green's book focuses on exploring the dissonance between categorised space and emotional experience of the landscape, but it also has a particular resonance with the contraction of boundaries we are experiencing due to the Covid 19 pandemic and Brexit. As the South Coast is the edge of our contact with the nearest continent a close interrogation of it feels very timely."
Jennifer Reeves, National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum
“Tamsin Green’s attention to detail and ability to weave beautiful and sensitive imagery into the most wonderfully engineered publication so that they become one, is extraordinary. As a fellow artist I also admire the tactile methods used to convey the deeper narrative of her practice – demanding you pick this book up and never ever let go of it!”
Steve Macleod, Photographer and Director of Metro Imaging
The edition has been made with the following principles in mind: Minimise waste and the use of harmful materials, make locally, prioritise recycling.
Developing British made FSC certified papers, with a commitment to sustainable sourcing and transparent supply chains. For every tree harvested, three more are planted.
GF Smith Extract 380sgm: A zero waste FSC certified paper made from recycled coffee cups. The card stock for each book contains at least four upcycled coffee cups.
GF Smith Naturalis 120gsm
GF Smith Zen 120gsm
Uncoated papers, FSC certified, 100% virgin ECF fibre.
Eco friendly papers made without bleach, and high recycled content.
Eco Recycled Brown Kraft Paper 130gsm - A natural paper made from 100% recycled paper pulp.
The digital print production means reducing waste by decreasing printing plates and the intensive cleaning cycles associated with analog printing. The inks can be de-inked from the paper, enabling the prints to be recycled.
A local environmentally committed printer, 3.5 miles from the studio space where my books are made and stored.
The packaging material is composed of paper off-cuts from the book making process, and recycled materials from other studio deliveries (paper, bubble-wrap)
The boxes are unbleached and uncoated recyclable cardboard.