Sanctuary Wood

Sanctuary Wood is the popular name for an uncultivated corner of land nestling in the rolling green Flemish countryside to the south-east of Ypres.  Marked as Hill 62 on Great War British military maps, the name Sanctuary Wood was first used, apparently with no sense of irony, by the British forces defending this section of the Ypres Salient during the first Battle of Ypres in 1914 when they used the flimsy cover of the wood to shelter their wounded and dying men.

What passing-bells for those who die as cattle?

     – Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

     Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

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When the farmer returned to reclaim his wood in 1918 he found an unearthly landscape of bare, shattered trees and ground covered by flooded trenches and pock-marked with shell holes.  Like most Flemish farmers he gradually returned the bloodied battlefields to cultivated land, ploughing up a fresh crop of human remains and the detritus of war each year for many decades afterwards.  But he left Sanctuary Wood as it was, one man’s makeshift memorial to those who had fallen.  The land, as they say in Flanders, never forgets.

No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells;

     Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;

     And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

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Sanctuary Wood is nowadays a museum and one of the few places in modern Flanders where one can gain some idea of what the original trench network in the Great War was like; the trenches in which hundreds of thousands of young men from all nations died.

What candles may be held to speed them all?

     Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.

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     The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Poem: Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen, courtesy of Faber & Faber

Other words and images: Bobby Seal

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One Year – Week 49

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

22 August 201422nd August 2014

Heavy rain

IS militants ‘biggest threat’ to US

The things I write about are those that I remember

 

23 August 201423rd August 2014

Sunny intervals

May pledges anti-extremist measures

The terror of kept objects

 

 

24 August 201424th August 2014

Sunny intervals

Hammond: Foley killing betrays Britain

I set a trap for my conscious mind, and wait around to see what happens

 

25 August 201425th August 2014

Light rain

Film’s Richard Attenborough dies

Integrating the irreconcilable elements

 

26 August 201426th August 2014

Thick cloud

Salmond and Darling in heated debate

Transferring all my lists into one master list: strangely satisfying, though not very productive

27 August 201427th August 2014

Light cloud

Fresh quit call over sex abuse report

The illicit thrill of climbing onto the scaffolding once the builders have gone home

 

28 August 201428th August 2014

Sunny intervals

Wright quits Labour but not PCC role

A word collage of overheard conversations

 

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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One Year – Week 48

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

15 August 201415th August 2014

Light cloud

Iraq’s Maliki quits to end deadlock

The redemptive power of fiction

 

16 August 201416th August 2014

Sunny intervals

Yazidi villagers ‘massacred’ in Iraq

The fictional power of redemption

 

17 August 201417th August 2014

Light cloud

PM warns of possible IS threat to UK

Nothing to beat the excitement of a good idea and a new project

 

18 August 201418th August 2014

Heavy rain

Iraq mission ‘could last for months’

Got to finish the other ones first

 

19 August 201419th August 2014

Light rain shower

Fresh unrest in riot-hit US town

It’s all connected

 

20 August 201420th August 2014

Sunny intervals

Militants ‘kill reporter on video’

We followed the river all the way back to the dam

 

21 August 201421st August 2014

Sunny intervals

US military tried to free Foley

I remember that the swearing of the older boys was more imaginative than ours

 

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

 

 

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One Year – Week 47

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

8 August 20148th August 2014

Light cloud

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

…and the Reaper finally caught up with all three members of Atomic Rooster’s classic Death Walks Behind You line-up

9 August 20149th August 2014

Sunny

US aid drop follows fresh Iraq raids

Vincent Crane, 14 February 1989, overdose of painkillers

10 August 201410th August 2014

Heavy rain

US in new strikes on Iraq militants

Paul Hammond, 1992, accidental methadone overdose

11 August 201411th August 2014

Sunny intervals

Angry Iraqi PM in show of force

John Du Cann, 21 September 2011, heart attack

 

12 August 201412th August 2014

Sunny intervals

US actor Robin Williams found dead

In the hands of David Markson, this would have meaning; an alchemical creation, a crock of artistic gold

13 August 201413th August 2014

Sunny intervals

US sends more advisers to Iraq

In my hands, it seems more like a crock of pretentious shit

 

14 August 201414th August 2014

Light cloud

Iraq mountain rescue unlikely – US

But they’re shooting our kids

 

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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One Year – Week 46

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

1 August 20141st August 2014

Light rain shower

Israel and Hamas truce under way

Picking out the lights of Perth as his craft orbited the Earth

 

HPIM40822nd August 2014

In deepest Lincolnshire

 

 

 

HPIM40833rd August 2014

In deepest Lincolnshire

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4th August 2014

In deepest Lincolnshire

 

 

 

HPIM40835th August 2014

In deepest Lincolnshire

 

 

 

6 August 20146th August 2014

Light cloud

Salmond and Darling clash in debate

Swallows swarm and swoop

 

7 August 20147th August 2014

Light rain

Pistorius closing arguments to begin

A window, the eye of the soul

 

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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One Year – Week 45

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

HPIM400325th July 2014

Dream Malmö

 

 

 

 

 

HPIM400726th July 2014

Imagine Malmö

 

 

 

HPIM401027th July 2014

Lament Malmö

 

28 July 2013

 

 

28th July 2014

Light cloud

Bidding starts for fracking licences

I am a stranger in my own land

29 July 2013

 

29th July 2014

Sunny intervals

Migrant benefits to be tightened

We drift along as if in a dream

 

30 July 201330th July 2014

Sunny intervals

Bank to unveil bonus clawback plan

Blaming the victims once again

 

31 July 201331st July 2014

Light cloud

Israel calls up 16,000 reservists

Life as we know it, Jim, a fragile layer upon a lonely, spinning rock

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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One Year – Week 44

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

HPIM391618th July 2014

But when the observer is away

 

 

 

 

HPIM390319th July 2014

Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

HPIM392120th July 2014

Still Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

HPIM398521st July 2014

Not Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

HPIM398722nd July 2014

This Malmö

 

 

 

 

HPIM399323rd July 2014

Hej Malmö

 

 

 

 

HPIM399724th July 2014

Still Malmö

 

 

 

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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One Year – Week 43

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

11th July 201411th July 2014

Sunny

More weight loss ops for diabetes

In the mid-journey of our mortal life

 

 

12th July 201412th July 2014

Sunny

Lord Carey backs assisted dying

I wandered far into a darksome wood

 

 

13th July 201413th July 2014

Light cloud

Israel strikes hit Gaza security HQ

Where the true road no longer might be seen

 

 

14th July 201414th July 2014

Sunny

Germany win fourth World Cup title

Lost amongst murmuring trees

 

 

15th July 201415th July 2014

Sunny intervals

Hague quits as Foreign Secretary

There is no natural landscape; the simple act of looking changes it forever

 

16th July 201416th July 2014

Sunny intervals

Israel warns Gaza ahead of strikes

Out of sight but not out of mind

 

 

17th July 201417th July 2014

Suddenly Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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One Year – Week 42

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

4 July 20144th July 2014

Light cloud

UK planned to train Syrian rebels

I bet he’s even funnier in Spanish

 

 

5 July 20145th July 2014

Light cloud

PM ‘wants answers’ on abuse dossier

I keep going back again and again to Caroline Bergvall’s VIA

 

6 July 20146th July 2014

Sunny intervals

Lord Brittan ‘quizzed on rape claim’

I love to hear her read in that strange, compelling Danish/French/English accent

 

7 July 20147th July 2014

Sunny intervals

May to address MPs on sex abuse claims

Of course it’s really Dante’s poem, but then that’s the whole point

 

8 July 20148th July 2014

Light cloud

Claim ’20 top figures were abusers’

Forty-eight Dante variations: layer upon layer of different translations of the same few lines

 

9 July 20149th July 2014

Sunny intervals

NSPCC wants law on covering-up abuse

Along the journey of our life half way

 

 

10 July 201410th July 2014

Sunny

Public sector workers in mass strike

I found myself again in a dark wood

 

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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One Year – Week 41

One Year is a project through which I intend to construct a daily photographic record of a single view: the view from my study window at around 8.00a.m. each day when I sit down to work.  One Year will annotate each picture with a note of the weather for that morning and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, there will be a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

27 June 2014June 27h 2014

Thick cloud

EU summit set to confirm Juncker

As Morrissey put it: ‘We hate it when our friends become successful, and if they’re northern, that makes it even worse’

 

28 June 2014June 28th 2014

Heavy rain

EU leaders offer Cameron hope

Thanks for asking, Guardian Weekend.  My ideal dinner party guests would be: Ed Reardon, Count Arthur Strong and Albert Steptoe

29 June 2014June 29th 2014

Light cloud

Iraq receives first Russian jets

Religious belief and militant atheism share an absolute faith in something that cannot be seen or known; one believes it’s definitely there and the other it definitely isn’t

30 June 2014June 30th 2014

Sunny

Isis rebels declare ‘Islamic state’

Perhaps agnostics are the Liberal Democrats of faith, neither one thing nor the other?

 

1 July 20141st July 2014

Sunny

Israel vows firm action after deaths

Why not try shaving foam for a low-fat version of strawberries and cream?

 

2 July 20142nd July 2014

Sunny

Sarkozy placed under investigation

Mark E Smith once said the typical Fall fan is a middle-aged bloke in a windcheater sitting in a pub drinking bitter and moaning.  Rubbish, I don’t even own a windcheater

3 July 20143rd July 2014

Sunny intervals

Tighter security for flights to US

Just like The Tiger Who Came to Tea, I’ve drunk all the water in the tap and all of Daddy’s beer from under the sink

 

Artist Statement

… “natural history” has no actual existence other than through the process of human history, the only part which recaptures this historical totality, like the modern telescope whose sight captures, in time, the retreat of nebulae at the periphery of the universe.

Guy Debord – Society of the Spectacle

The purpose of this project is to explore continuity and change.  Over the course of a year, I will build up a daily visual record of the same view.  Despite my best efforts, though, I will not be able to replicate the ‘same’ view each day: it is subject to changes in the environment, such as the weather or the time the sun rises.  But it is also affected by changes caused by me, the observer.  For instance, my feelings that morning may change the way I hold the camera or, inadvertently, the image may show my breath on the glass from getting too close to the window.

Looking out at the view on this, the first morning of One Year, I see a scene comprising sky, trees and rooftops.  I don’t see much evidence of human activity just yet, but that may come later in the year when the leaf cover begins to thin out.  Being on a flight path, we also see the odd vapour trail or aeroplane light in the sky too.

Some of the changes that will become evident will be pretty obvious, such as the seasons.  Other changes will be more subtle.  My daily notes will give some insight into what is going on inside my head that morning, from my journal entry, and there will also be a record of what is happening in the world in general, from the news headline.

But the ‘view’ I am recording in One Year is not neutral, it is selected and framed by me.  Similarly, my journal extracts are selected from a much larger body of work; it is the ‘insight’ into my thinking that I choose to present.  Even the ‘news headline’ cannot be regarded as neutral, for it is subject to BBC editorial bias.

But there is a third party in the One Year process, one that is outside of my control. That person is you, the reader of this blog, the interested observer of the project.  I want people to bring their own interpretations, views and insights to this project.  All comments received will be reproduced in my weekly project reports.

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