Over the summer, the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail have been running the Observatories project. Inspired by a recently decommissioned sculpture (or a sculpture "reclaimed by the Forest") called Observatory, Observatories invited members of the public to submit photos of their favourite views in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. It was particularly pertinent this year, given that lockdown restrictions prevented many from viewing and exploring these views.  The photos were then adapted by artist Rich White to include theoretical and imaginative towers from which to observe the landscape, to make us think about how we view the land, and to imagine ourselves somewhere else.

I'm delighted that one of my photos was included, taken on a hill near Littledean, overlooking the River Severn.

Download all the entries in a PDF booklet from the Sculpture Trail website.

Photo of a meander in the River Severn, with an overlaid drawing of a circular observatory

Observatories submission. Photo by Stewart Carswell, drawing by Rich White.