WetlandLIFE is a three year (2016 – 2019) interdisciplinary project funded by the AHRC, ESRC and NERC through the Valuing Nature Programme. With a particular emphasis on mosquitoes, the project uses perspectives from science, social science, humanities and the arts to explore how understanding wetland values can help facilitate their use and management. The project studies the cultural, historical and economic values of wetlands alongside an ecological focus on mosquitoes now and in the past. The overarching aim of the project is to deliver ecological guidance for managing mosquito populations for healthy wetlands within the context of a place-based understanding of wetland values.
One contribution to the project is a photographic essay titled ‘Wetland Landscapes’. The aim is to explore and document a sense of place of lowland English wetlands and stimulate a creative conversation around wetland values. Reference will be made to wetlands as places where human and non-human worlds are juxtaposed to create dynamic multifunctional landscapes. Where appropriate some emphasis will be given to the role of mosquitoes in the landscape as an often unseen and misunderstood organism. The essay will explore wetland themes of:
- Wildness / management
- Human use
- Material culture / history
- Nature / human
- Mosquito values / disvalues
The photographic essay will range across a wide variety of lowland wetlands but focus in particular on 12 wetland sites. The following images are some examples of the work in progress. The WetlandLIFE website will be updated at regular intervals as new work becomes available. The final collection of photographs will form part of the end of project exhibitions in early 2019.