One Year – Week 30

Project Description

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.

11 April 2014April 11th 2014

Sunny intervals

Co-op Bank confirms £1.3bn losses

Grey.  Four grey walls.  Grey ceiling.  Grey floor.  I lie on my narrow metal-framed bed and my head is full of grey.

 

12 April 2014April 12th 2014

Light cloud

New proposals to fight tax evasion

A high window with a grey metal grille lets in a little light.  Grey light, just enough by which to see this grey world

 

13 April 2014April 13th 2014

Sunny intervals

Ukraine ‘bid to take back police HQ’

Searching for an empty notebook to take to Devon I find an old one from 2004 with several forgotten drafts of poems and short stories

Devon 1April 14th 2014

I am in Devon

 

 

 

Devon 2April 15th 2014

I like Devon, obviously

 

 

 

Devon 3April 16th 2014

Though of course I miss you, dear reader

 

 

 

Devon 4April 17th 2014

… and, more than anything, I miss my morning view

 

 

 

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 29

Project Description

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 April 2014April 4th 2014

Light cloud

Storm-damaged rail line reopens

She was the youngest of the three princesses.  No more and no less beautiful than her older sisters, but more loveable

 

5 April 2014April 5th 2014

Light cloud

Afghans vote in historic election

Yes, that was the word, loveable.  She inspired love, and her name was Marijeka

 

6 April 2014April 6th 2014

Light rain shower

Plane search signal ‘important lead’

A narrator so unreliable one might almost say he was treacherous

 

7 April 2014April 7th 2014

Light rain

Plane search has ‘best lead so far’

Which was during the silver age of American comic books

 

8 April 2014April 8th 2014

Sunny

Peaches Geldof family ‘beyond pain’

…and he was convinced the lyric was ‘hey you, get off of my car!’

 

9 April 2014April 9th 2014

Light cloud

Miller quits as culture secretary

A crow was patrolling along the guttering, taking two hops and then stopping to look down at the people below

 

10 April 2014April 10th 2014

Sunny intervals

Co-op woe as ex-minister quits board

She blew noisily at the cold air to see the vapour of her warm breath form little clouds and then dissipate

 

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 28

Project Description

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.

 

28 March 2014March 28th 2014

Light cloud

Benefit change ‘sees 6% move home’

But somewhere along the line I lost sight of the poetry

 

29 March 2014March 29th 2014

Thick cloud

Gay couples celebrate first weddings

A tip: put the things you’ve already done onto the list

 

30 March 2014March 30th 2014

Sunny intervals

Chinese families ‘seek jet answers’

A moon so large one could reach out and touch….

 

31 March 2014March 31st 2014

Sunny

Climate impacts ‘overwhelming’ – UN

I swim, I count, ticking off the lengths

 

 

1 April 2014April 1st 2014

Sunny intervals

Royal Mail sale price ‘too cautious’

Hats. I need to become an expert in hats

 

 

2 April 2014April 2nd 2014

Light cloud

High air pollution ‘set to spread’

A never-ending tale told in a perpetual present

 

3 April 2014April 3rd 2014

Light rain shower

Shooting at US Army’s Fort Hood base

Drifting into a sleep that feels like slipping into death

 

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 – April 2014

This past month Psychogeographic Review has been reading:

The OverhaulKathleen Jamie – ‘The Overhaul’ (2012)

Kathleen Jamie’s most recent collection of poems is loosely united by the theme of midlife.  Her language is spare and restrained, her lines uncluttered.  In the foreground is the landscape of Fife and, when she raises her eyes, she looks to the horizon and speaks to the heavens and beyond.

 

 

 

Revisiting SpaceWendy Everett & Axel Goodbody (eds) – ‘Revisiting Space: Space and Place in European Cinema’ (2005)

This is one of the most original books on the art of cinema I have ever read.  The editors, both teachers at Bath University, are specialists in European cinema.  The area they explore in this collection is the way in which space and  place are represented in film.  Their triumph in this book as that they succeed is in causing one to look afresh at familiar films; to see the shapes and spaces caught in the frame and to appreciate the relationship of space and time.

 

Personal VisionsMario Falsetto – ‘Personal Visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors’ (2000)

A simple concept: take seventeen independent film-makers, interview them and transcribe the results.  But what makes this such a gripping book is Falsetto’s overwhelming love of film, which shows itself both in the insight he brings to his questions and the revealing background detail he provides on each director.

 

 

Meanwhile, we were listening to:

Cupid PsycheScritti Politti – ‘Cupid & Psyche 85’ (1985)

A classic of 1980s pop-rock.  Heavily influenced by soul, electro-funk and reggae, Green Gartside offers up a dozen slices of boy-meets-girl pop perfection.  But this is Scritti Politti we’re talking about, so one doesn’t have to look too far under the surface to find a searing critique of gender stereotypes and vacuous consumerism.

 

Re MitThe Fall – ‘Re-Mit’ (2013)

As if his staggeringly rich back-catalogue was not enough, the Mark E Smith conveyor belt has turned out yet another outstanding album.  Forget the suggestion that he mumbles the words, MES is still the most articulate lyricist in rock, as evidenced by epic tracks like ‘Hittite Man’ and ‘Pre-Mdma Years’.

 

I Am The LastCurrent 93 – ‘I Am The Last of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)’ (2014)

David Tibet has branched out from his earlier industrial musings and created an album that is almost jazzy in its feel.  His lyrics still play out his gnostic obsessions, but he seems to have the knack of persuading prominent mainstream musicians to help out on his recordings.  This one features Nick Cave, Antony Hegarty, John Zorn and Tony McPhee.  Yes, that’s Tony ‘TS’ McPhee of Groundhogs fame.  His contribution is worth the seven quid download charge on its own.

and watching:

Peeping Tom‘Peeping Tom’ – Michael Powell (1960)

Michael Powell was vilified by critics and the public alike when ‘Peeping Tom’ was released in 1960 and it took a long time for his reputation to be restored and for this film to be recognised as the masterpiece that it is.  ‘Peeping Tom’ is a deeply disturbing study of voyeurism as seen through the eyes, and the camera lens, of a film-obsessed serial killer.

The Rebel‘The Rebel’ – Robert Day (1961)

Tony Hancock never succeeded in bringing his radio and television success to the big screen, but ‘The Rebel’ remains something of a forgotten comic masterpiece.  With his characteristically downbeat and self-deluded air, Hancock mercilessly satirises the world of modern art and the Parisian salon.

 

If‘If….’ – Lindsay Anderson (1968)

As a student I shared a flat with a guy who went on to work in a senior staff role for Gordon Brown.  I remember him describing ‘If….’ as the film which turned him from a conventional middle-class schoolboy into a rebel and a socialist.  Watching it again decades later I can see that Lindsay Anderson’s film really does exert that kind of power.  As a teenager it was the rooftop shoot-out which particularly appealed to me, but seeing it again now I can fully appreciate the subtleties of Anderson’s dissection of tradition, power, class and privilege.

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A Blog Tour

My friend Liz asked me, and a few other bloggers, to consider four questions about writing and then publish the answers on my blog.  So here goes:

 

What are you working on?

For this blog I’m working on a piece about Norman Cohen’s 1968 film ‘The London Nobody Knows’ and after that there will be a piece on Archie Hill’s memoir ‘The Second Meadow’.  Elsewhere I’m working on a magazine piece about the films of Terence Davies, the usual bits and pieces of commercial copywriting and a commission to write the company history of a very traditional family firm. Oh, and I try to knock out the odd poem too.

 

How does your work differ from others of this genre?

There are lots of ‘psychogeographic’ blogs out there.  Mine differs in that it focuses on the creative human response to landscape; ‘the art of psychogeography’, as I put it in my strapline.  Initially I concentrated on literary responses to landscape, because that’s what I know about.  But, since then, I’ve branched out into reviews of film and music and I’d like to start looking at the visual arts too.

 

Why do you write what you do?

Because on the days I don’t manage to write anything I feel miserable and useless.

 

How does your writing process work?

I’m a great believer in morning pages: three sides of rapid, stream-of-consciousness writing in my journal every morning to get the creative processes flowing.  For my psychogeographic writing I find that walking is essential; not just by way of making a field trip to the place I want to write about, but because I find the very act of walking provokes a kind of meditative state which, in turn, stimulates my creative urges.

I work from home, which is great – it means I always get to hear ‘Woman’s Hour’ when I take my morning tea break!  But it also means I’m not as productive in the school holidays when I become the family’s chief cook, chauffeur and social secretary.

 

Here are links to some of the other bloggers who have answered the crucial four questions:

Liz Lefroy  I Buy a New Washer

 

Cathy Dreyer  Lines Online

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One Year – Week 27

Project Description

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.

21 March 2014March 21st 2014

Sunny

Teams scour ocean for missing plane

Can I be the only person in the world who finds Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables the most tedious film ever?

 

22 March 2014March 22nd 2014

Light rain shower

Australia vows indefinite jet search

He sits on a bench so well-polished that his rump constantly slips and slumps

 

23 March 2014March 23rd 2014

Light rain shower

Hunt widens after jet ‘debris’ clues

November 1840: the birth of time

 

 

24 March 2014March 24th 2014

Sunny

Russian troops ‘overrun Crimea base’

A station hall and the smell of smoke; engine steam that billows and clings

 

25 March 2014March 25th 2014

Light cloud

Bad weather halts missing jet search

Off the bus and straight into the George Robey

 

26 March 2014March 26th 2014

Sunny

Abbott vows to solve plane ‘riddle’

A grand tour, edging through tribal territories

 

27 March 2014March 27th 2014

Light cloud

‘Big Six’ face competition inquiry

Shop front names stake territorial claims

 

 

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 26

Project Description

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.

14 March 2014March 14th 2014

Light cloud

Labour stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88

Embracing Revelation’s two thousand years of holiness, Dewdrop leaves by night without saying goodbye, and his wife and children remind themselves to forget

15 March 2014March 15th 2014

Sunny intervals

Missing jet ‘deliberately diverted’

But then, Agamemnon in New York has a certain ring to it

 

16 March 2014March 16th 2014

Sunny

Crimea holds secession referendum

Old men linger, the caretaker generation

 

 

17 March 2014March 17th 2014

Sunny intervals

EU mulls Russia sanction over Crimea

Guarding buildings and books.  Remembering.

 

18 March 2014March 18th 2014

Light rain shower

China begins land search for plane

We walk up Cambridge Heath Road, past Bethnal Green tube, and on to Hackney.  Victoria Park Road is on our right

 

19 March 2014March 19th 2014

Light cloud

Osborne to deliver ‘Budget for resilient UK’

I stand before the green front door and ring the bell. I’ve never got round to asking Ramona why she hasn’t painted it yellow.

 

20 March 2014March 20th 2014

Light cloud

Australia sees possible plane debris

A Julian calendar is pinned to the wall and looks down as she screams and flounders in bathwater turned chill.

 

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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The Sands of Dee

Walking along the foreshore of the Dee estuary near Parkgate, enjoying the silence and the wide vista of land and sky, I was put in mind of the old poem by Charles Kingsley, The Sands of Dee.  Kingsley was Canon of Chester Cathedral at the time and, wandering through the area in his spare time and talking to locals, he had heard tales of a young woman called Mary who had been lost on the Dee marshes some time before.

At the time the local farmers grazed their cattle along the marshland edges of the estuary.  Mary was sent out to bring her father’s cattle home.  She didn’t go straight away, which caused her father to become angry and he sent her on her way with shouts and curses.

But the afternoon was sunny and Mary quickly forgot her father’s harsh words and took a meandering path across the meadow and along the edge of the marsh enjoying the day.  A mist crept across the marshes at dusk and she became disorientated.  Mary followed the sound of the cattle further and further out onto the marsh, not wanting to abandon the creatures to the rising water of the incoming tide.  Still trying to find the cattle, Mary eventually stumbled into the swollen channel of the river and was drowned.

Her body was recovered the next day by fishermen who at first mistook her halo of long hair for floating river weed.   Legend has it that, on misty evenings, one can still hear Mary’s voice out on the marshes calling to her father’s cattle, and the cattle lowing despondently in response.  The tale haunted Kingsley’s dreams and, in an attempt at catharsis, he penned his poem about her.

Sands of Dee 1

The sands of the Dee, the treacherous sands of the Dee, they haunt my dreams and cause me not to sleep.  Mary, poor child, all alone with a westerly wind blowing and the tide rising relentlessly.  Steadily it flows inwards, filling channels and flooding the lower banks.  But still she strides on, clogs in one hand and skirts hitched up to her hips and held by the other.  She calls to the cattle, stops and scans the marshes to the west with screwed up eyes, and then calls again.

She had tarried too long before setting out, immersed herself too deeply in her daydreams.  Father found her and was angry.  And now she plunges on frantically, seeking the cattle to bring them ashore before the rising tide can do its worst.  In the farm yard he swings his axe furiously, slicing and splitting each proffered log whilst, in his heart, he silently regrets his harsh words.

Warm and safe in the cathedral cloisters, Kingsley sits on a bench and enjoys the Sun’s radiant blessing.  He closes his eyes to struggle once more with the words of his composition.  Immediately he feels again the biting wind at his face and the cold water lapping at his knees.

“O Mary, go and call the cattle home,

And call the cattle home,

And call the cattle home

Across the sands of Dee”;

The western wind was wild and dank with foam,

And all alone went she.

Wisps of sea mist begin to flicker across the water, gathering and thickening even as she watches them, struggling to see beyond their haze.  She is cold; her legs are numb and her body is shivering uncontrollably.  It occurs to her she can feel a spreading warmth then realises that she is peeing herself, but cannot stop.

The western tide crept up along the sand,

And o’er and o’er the sand,

And round and round the sand,

As far as eye could see.

The rolling mist came down and hid the land:

And never home came she.

Sands of Dee 3

Sands of Dee 4

 

 

 

 

 

The cattle are so close, she hears them lowing mournfully; can almost hear their snuffling breath.  But where?  In which direction?  She can see neither cattle nor land now.  She calls out to the creatures, but the only word that comes out of her mouth, again and again, is: ‘Daddy!’

Kingsley opens his eyes and sighs deeply, staring at his shoes as he composes himself.  The fishermen he spoke to were adamant in their telling of the tale, even before he had bought them their fill of ale.

“Oh! is it weed, or fish, or floating hair–
A tress of golden hair,
A drownèd maiden’s hair
Above the nets at sea?
Was never salmon yet that shone so fair
Among the stakes on Dee.”

They rowed her in across the rolling foam,
The cruel crawling foam,
The cruel hungry foam,
To her grave beside the sea:
But still the boatmen hear her call the cattle home
Across the sands of Dee.

Sands of Dee 2

He drew on his pipe and nodded as he listened:

‘We swear, Canon, we swear it’s true.  We’ve all heard her.  Her restless soul was out there that night and, God bless her, she’s out there still.’

 

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One Year – Week 25

Project Description

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.

 

7 March 2014March 7th 2014

Light rain

Obama pushes Putin on Crimea talks

She follows the thought, pulling it up by its roots

 

8 March 2014March 8th 2014

Thick cloud

Malaysia Airlines plane vanishes

Meths drinkers, feral kids, street performers, pie and mash shops

 

9 March 2014March 9th 2014

Sunny

Missing plane ‘may have turned back’

Cohen took his camera out into the streets to record a way of life that was rapidly disappearing

 

10 March 2014March 10th 2014

Sunny

Missing Malaysia jet ‘a mystery’

Those physiotherapists of bricks and mortar, striving to heal old wounds

 

11 March 2014March 11th 2014

Sunny intervals

Malaysia missing plane search widens

Slights upon the character of the landscape

 

 

12 March 2014March 12th 2014

Thick cloud

Labour ‘won’t guarantee EU poll’

She took it all in; the sun and rain belonged to her, her alone

 

13 March 2014March 13th 2014

Thick cloud

Children’s heart surgery unit ‘safe’

Nurturing with murderous love

 

 

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 24

Project Description

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.

28 February 2014February 28th 2014

Light rain

Crackdown on fake shares fraudsters

She plays a Freudian game with the readers

 

 

1 March 2014March 1st 2014

Sunny intervals

Crimean leader appeals to Putin

He walked, absently gathering up sensual impressions, more from habit than strategy

 

2 March 2014March 2nd 2014

Light cloud

Obama urges Putin to recall troops

A rag-picking somnambulist

 

 

3 March 2014March 3rd 2014

Sunny

G7 condemns Russia over Ukraine

It’s a place I’ve passed through many times, but I’ve yet to stop, to walk, to look

 

4 March 2014March 4th 2014

Sunny intervals

Yanukovytch ‘asked Russia for troops’

They quote his every word, declare even his shopping lists the most sublime of poetry

 

5 March 2014March 5th 2014

Sunny intervals

US-Russia talks over Ukraine crisis

He prided himself on the acuity of his self-awareness, yet only became aware of the façade of his life when it began to fall away

 

6 March 2014March 6th 2014

Light cloud

EU summit to tackle Ukraine crisis

A life lived with no stain, no memory, no echoes

 

 

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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