One Year – Week 52

This is the final week of my One Year projectThose of you who have followed it will be aware it was my intention 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 sat down to work.  I annotated each One Year picture with a note of the weather for that day and the morning’s main news headline from the BBC News site.  In addition, I included a note taking a key sentence or two from my daily journal.

There will be no further One Year entries, but there will be a short film and some follow up pieces to try to make sense of what the project has come to mean to me.

 

12 September 201412th September 2014

Sunny intervals

Pistorius awaits homicide verdict

Sky, rooftops, trees

 

13 September 201413th September 2014

Light cloud

Business row in Scots weekend campaign

What is noticeable about all of these pictures is that they are devoid of the presence of any human beings

14 September 201414th September 2014

Thick cloud

PM condemns hostage’s ‘evil murder’

And yet they are there.  Their impact upon the landscape is manifest

 

15 September 201415th September 2014

Thick cloud

Hammond to discuss plans to tackle IS

And the frame itself is a mere construct, beyond its edges a world vibrates

 

16 September 201416th September 2014

Light cloud

Pro-Union leaders in powers pledge

At first I thought of myself as a mere observer, a recorder, sitting there, cool and detached, choosing not to engage

17 September 201417th September 2014

Sunny intervals

Referendum campaigns make final push

But the gaze is never neutral, it affects the observer and the observed

 

18 September 201418th September 2014

Thick cloud

Voting begins in Scottish referendum

Day by day the effect upon each is multiplied.  Until

 

19 September 201419th September 2014

Thick cloud

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence

Patrick Keiller, a fellow traveller, looked out of his window and he saw it too: ‘The desire for poetic experience of ordinary, everyday phenomena was central to Surrealism and many other strands of modernism, from Baudelaire or even De Quincey onwards, but it was perhaps most readily achieved through photography and cinematography.’ (The View From the Train)

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

This is what I said in September 2013:

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 51

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.

As we approach Week 52 and the end of the project I increasingly find myself reflecting on the meaning of it.  In particular, this week, I’ve been trying to place One Year in some kind of context by exploring other works of a similar nature.

5 September 20145th September 2014

Light cloud

Hope rises for UK peace deal

‘So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to do it every day for a year’ – Cathy Dreyer

 

6 September 20146th September 2014

Light cloud

  • Ukraine ceasefire with rebels holds
  • ‘As of October 5th, 2006, I have been creating one small painting almost every day’ – Carol Marine

7 September 20147th September 2014

Sunny

Scottish referendum ‘neck and neck’

‘Every day I took a different drug or intoxicant and drew myself under the influence’ – Bryan Lewis Saunders

8 September 20148th September 2014

Sunny

Pro-Union figures step up campaign

Everyday started on January 11, 2000 and is a work in progress’ – Noah Kalina

 

9 September 20149th September 2014

Sunny

Parties to back more Scotland powers

‘You know how it is. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. Time creeps in its petty pace’ – Auggie Wren (Smoke)

10 September 201410th September 2014

Sunny

UK leaders campaigning to save Union

‘Oddly moving to see the sky change / not change’ – Liz Lefroy

 

11 September 201411th September 2014

Sunny

Obama: US to pursue IS in Syria

‘I’ll stop when I’m dead’ – Karl Baden

 

 

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 50

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.

29 August 201429th August 2014

Light rain

Abusers ‘brazenly targeted girls’

Seeing a familiar view from a different direction

 

30 August 201430th August 2014

Sunny intervals

Cameron and Clegg hold terror talks

Most of these conspiracy theories are absolute guff, but I still believe governments massage information on a daily basis in order to mislead public opinion

31 August 201431st August 2014

Sunny intervals

Missing Ashya King found in Spain

So who sets the news agenda?

 

1 September 20141st September 2014

Light cloud

Ashya brother defends arrested parents

Daggers of rain; cold, vindictive

 

2 September 20142nd September 2014

Sunny

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing

Sun glow claws at southern edge

 

3 September 20143rd September 2014

Light cloud

Islamic State ‘beheads US hostage’

And in the fairground, empty rides, music without notes, circling in their funereal geometry

4 September 20144th September 2014

Light cloud

PM and Obama unite in defiance of IS

So when I’m offered a chance to help with a local history/arts project on a subject close to my heart, how can I possibly say ‘No’?

 

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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Psychogeographic Review’s Recommendations – September 2014

 

This past month Psychogeographic Review has been reading:

American InteriorGruff Rhys – ‘American Interior’ (2014)

American Interior is a book (and also a film and an album) by Gruff Rhys, the creative force behind Super Furry Animals.  The project arose from Rhys’s practice of ‘investigative touring’: combining a standard musical tour with field research.  His book is an imaginative examination of the journeys of the eighteenth-century Welsh adventurer John Evans and his search for the mythical Welsh-speaking tribe of Native Americans who supposedly lived somewhere beyond the Missouri River.  The result is a joyfully whimsical and thought-provoking work.

BlindsightRosemarie Waldrop – ‘Blindsight’ (2004)

“A frame supports what would, on its own, collapse.  Apple trees pilfered from a novel, the firmest possible squeeze of the hand, the same skin in and out.” (Certainties)

Rosemarie Waldrop is a German-American writer and critic who specialises in experimental prose poems and philosophical questioning.  Blindsight is one of her most accomplished collections and refers to the neurological concept of the brain registering far more visual information than we are consciously aware.  Thus, she uses collage effects and unusual structures in her poems to try to expand the reader’s imaginative vision.  The result is a work of profound beauty.

MusicageJoan Retallack – ‘Musicage: Cage Muses on Words, Art, Music’ (1996)

Joan Retallack is an American poet and lifelong friend of the writer, composer and artist, John Cage.  Musicage is the result of a series of interviews she conducted with Cage over a number of years.  Cage talks with candour and wisdom about the fields of music, art and literature and constructs a cohesive worldview; a beacon of opposition to authoritarianism in art and in society in general.

 

 

HovelElizabeth West – ‘Hovel in the Hills’ (1978) and ‘Garden in the Hills’ (1982)

In the 1960s Elizabeth and Alan West gave up their jobs in Bristol and bought a derelict cottage on a plot of land in North Wales.  For the next ten years or so they spent considerable time and energy repairing the cottage and turning their unpromising hillside plot into a garden capable of keeping them self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables.  But the difference between Elizabeth West’s two books and the host of other ‘good life’ titles is that the Wests were early innovators, dropping out of the system before it was considered

fashionable.  They were also a working class couple with no private income and very little in the way of savings, so life was a constant struggle of finding casual work to keep them afloat whilst they lovingly nurtured their garden.  West tells their story with straightforward humour and humanity.

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, we were listening to:

Annea LockwoodAnnea Lockwood – ‘Ground of Being’ (2014)

Annea Lockwood is a ground-breaking composer who specialises in working with found sounds.  This collection gathers together works composed between 1996 and 2013 and makes uses of natural sounds, conventional instruments and conceptual experiments such as pianos gradually destroyed by water or fire.

 

Davy and BertDavy Graham & Bert Jansch – ‘Davy & Bert’ (2014)

Two of the giants of the folk guitar, Davy Graham and Bert Jansch, were brought together for a concert in Edinburgh in 2005.  Alas, neither is with us any longer, but this album provides a record of the guitar virtuosity of two very different, but equally innovative, players.

 

 

And watching:

Jimmy‘Jimmy’s Hall’ – Ken Loach (2014)

After being deported from the United States, Jimmy Gralton decides to build a dance hall in 1930s rural Ireland.  In doing so he challenges the power political conservatism and an authoritarian Church has over the people of his native village, but above all else he wants to give people the chance to dance and have fun.

Dawn‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ – Matt Reeves (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an entertaining Hollywood action film that actually asks important questions about what it means to be human and how we relate to our planet.  The apes are wonderfully realised, but a convincingly unhinged Gary Oldman in a supporting role steals the show.

Honey‘A Taste of Honey’ – Tony Richardson (1961)

Adapted by Richardson and Shelagh Delaney from her play, A Taste of Honey is a gritty slice of early 1960s social realism.   Shelagh Delaney broke new ground by creating working-class characters who were fully-rounded and believable and gave a new voice to women, gay people and others on society’s margins.  Tony Richardson and his cinematographer, Walter Lassally, evoke an industrial Salford that is now long gone.

 

 

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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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