"I love the smell of book ink in the morning." Umberto Eco
Only in England
These pages will be where I talk about and explore art and art history, mine and others. Any articles or such I write will be going on this blog as well.
I’ve been collecting art manifesto as part of an assignment I did with the Open University for my Art History degree and will be putting them all on this blog.
My photographs will also be finding a home here, random images plus developing and realised projects.
Projects I’m working on or thinking about at the moment are:
Prayers of Steel
Angel of the North
A collection of found photographs of The Angel of the North, with the words of the original posts on various social media sites included.
These are then transformed into various objects to showcase the position that the statue has gained in the psychogeography of the North of England.
In 2023 it is the 25th anniversary of the sculptures completion and I will be producing a book of these images to coincide with that anniversary.
This is a working title at the moment, the images are images of hot house plants in various botanical gardens in the temperate North struggling to escape their confinement with no consequence to their ultimate demise if they left that protected area.
First coined by Marion Shoard, the term edgelands refers to those in-between spaces created by urbanisation where space for nature still persists alongside cities, towns, shopping centres, motorways, canals, and so on. These zones sit between urban and rural areas, and they also sit uneasily between the two categories of urban and rural, often defying an easy definition.
forbidden / forgotten
untitled (forgotten / forbidden)
A project investigating the space that’s been left by the change in attitude to photographing children in public and looking at what’s been left behind. Most of the images are taken on an iPhone.
Again another working title, looking at desire lines/paths in urban and rural areas, marked paths by humans and animals
A desire path (formally referred to as desire line in transportation planning, also known as a game trail, social trail, herd path, cow path, goat track, pig trail or bootleg trail) can be a path created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot-fall or traffic. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. Width and erosion severity can be indicators of how much traffic a path receives. Desire paths emerge as shortcuts where constructed ways take a circuitous route, have gaps, or are non-existent.
Another exploration of boundaries to our natural world, human imposed ‘ends’.
Dere Street or Deere Street is a modern designation of a Roman road which ran north from Eboracum (York), crossing Stanegate at Corbridge (Hadrian’s Wall was crossed at the Portgate, just to the north) and continuing beyond into what is now Scotland, later at least as far as the Antonine Wall. Portions of its route are still followed by modern roads, including the A1 (south of the River Tees) and the A68 north of Corbridge.
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