Hello, I am looking for someone to write an article on Techniques used in Landscape Interpretations. It needs to be at least 1750 words. The interpretation of a landscape can have several dimensions and many different approaches depending on the need, requirements and personal biases of the individual who examines the landscape. An archeologist looking at a landscape with an old castle might look for archeological signs that explain the view, an architect might consider the engineering techniques with which the castle was built, and historians might examine the usefulness of the castle in terms of its location and placement on the path of an invading army.
On the other hand, a geologist might not pay that much attention to the castle itself and try to set his/her attention to the way the castle builders included and used natural elements of the land to their advantage. All these different interpretations mean that there is no single unified technique to examine a landscape and as there are hundreds of landscapes and thousands of interpretations which can be made of those landscapes a singular technique might be impossible to come by.
At the same time, there are various schools of thought which lead a person to apply some basic interpretive methods that further allow them to come up with a singular interpretation for a particular scene.
Normally, the first step in examining any given landscape is to actually look at the landscape with the naked eye. Of course, this may not be possible in certain situations like interpreting the landscapes of other planets or subterranean structures but in most topographical analysis situations it is certainly a clear possibility. Dennis (2003) gives a very interesting approach to this subject by giving four ways to deliberately look at a landscape.
The visual ideology of a landscape is the first element that can be created in the mind of the person who is trying to interpret a landscape. The visual ideology often masks the social conditions which produced the landscape in the first place but by paying close attention to the attention, a person can get to the superficial meaning embedded in the landscape.