THIS IS HOW THE EARTH MUST SEE ITSELF: A walk with natural features

Tamsin Green

‘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"
  • ISBN 978-1-8384772-0-2

*Full details at the bottom of this page

Public Collections

Cambridge University Library (UK)
Coventry University Library (UK)
LCC University Library (UK
Manchester Metropolitan University - Special Collections Museum (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 - Artist Book 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)

Other Notes

Book Signing - BOP-21, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol: 23 October 2021 2-4pm

Talking Books, FIEBRE Photobook Fest 21: 12 Sept 2021, 11:30am CET/ 10:30am GMT - ONLINE: Watch the talk on YouTube

Glover Rayner Environmental Prize - Shortlist (2021)

Photofusion Select/21 Award (2021)

Book Review by Eugenie Shinkle: C4 Journal

Interview with Kim Shaw: Photomonitor

Book Feature: Royal Photographic Society Journal

Article: Urbanautica Journal

Artists' books & the environment: Victoria & Albert Museum

Drawn to Scale - Eugenie Shinkle: Published in Scale & Substance

Images from the book can be seen here


“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

“Tamsin’s book has been acquired for our Artists’ Books Collection. I use it in teaching sessions with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including Photography, Graphics and Illustration. Her book showcases strong design, beautiful photography and creative typography, thoughtfully presented in a way that references the visual language of OS maps. It’s a great example to demonstrate to students how carefully considered design elements enhance storytelling and create a more engaging experience for the person interacting with the book.”

Louise Clennell, Engagement Officer, Special Collections Museum, Manchester Metropolitan University

"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.


GF Smith

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.

Stationary Place

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.


HP Indigo Press

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.

FE Burman 

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.

Using Format