Finding interest in the everyday and making the most of what we have.
While I may sometimes imagine living in a wild and natural environment, like many other people, the reality of my life sees me living in a large urban town. Although I may ‘escape’ to these rural locations for a few weeks in the year, I also consider myself fortunate to live by an estuary. This is where the rural meets the industrial, a place of edges and contrasts. Ships and birds ‘migrate’ along the river in equal measure. Everything is on the move - the tide coming and going, the light shifting, bright one moment, grey another. No two days are ever the same.
My regular walk takes me through a municipal park, complete with its customary large pond, - home to a resident pair of swans, and surrounded by some beautiful old trees, and on to my favourite destination - the seafront. While other locations may be more prestigious, more wild, more tranquil, I love this ‘little bit of paradise’ on my doorstep.
This year I have decided to record the moments which have especially caught my attention. I do not regard myself as a photographer, but equipped with heaps of curiosity, and a small Panasonic camera, (or iPhone), I look forward to seeing what threads emerge over the course of the four seasons. This is not a new idea, many have done it before me, but it encourages me to keep looking closely at my immediate surroundings.
I will display a selection of photos over the course of the year under the page heading 'Capturing the Moment'.
Winter chill in Southchurch Park
I am also part of Bookscapes Collective.
Bookscapes is a group of six artists that have developed a group practice specialising in site specific interventions and exhibitions.