Saturday, 14 May 2011

Into the (Wild) West:

It’s been almost a year since I have taken to the road, camera in hand, car laden to the brims to capture imagery for this ongoing project. I can’t quite believe it’s been so long. Yet, time hasn’t wasted away in vain, as my commercial clientele steadily grows, so has the coverage for this project. You only have to scroll down my blog to get a taste of what’s been happening since last May. So, last month, I packed my bags, charged my batteries and cast a careful eye over my roadmap to conclude I’d head west.

During late April, making use of a fine Easters break, saw two sun-drenched weeks back on the road, opening my eyes to spectacular scenery and heart warningly welcoming people. From the mean streets of East London I drove into the heartland and bosom of Wales, where the pasturelands are green, faces friendly and time seems somewhat slower than usual. I have to confess, it took a few days to get in the swing, but once warmed up I was eager the road ahead. When not shooting, company was found in a recent gift from a good friend, a book, appropriately titled On Roads beautifully written by Joe Moran. The book delves into the rise of the UK motorway system, it stretches far from the boundaries of our webbed road network and bounces right back, making Moren’s book fascinating for all. There’s plenty of material I jotted down, much that I’d love to quote, from AA Gill to Morrissey, references of London gangsters and poetry by Rudyard Kipling but its this quote that caught my attention:

“The Service Station never sleeps, but sometimes its eyelids droop a little. It is then that you see people sitting alone at the tables: lone bikers resting their helmets on tabletops or men in hangdog suits with vacant stares – the sort of sad motorway café people whom the philosopher Alain De Bottom has compared to the lone figures in Edward Hopper Painting” On Roads by Joe Moran – Profile Books 2009 - pg 160

Revolutionary Roads - A feature from the Guardian

A huge thank you to all that helped me along my way on Aprils trip, for the tea, offers of accommodation and food. One particular mention goes to Mark Wilsmore from Ace Cafe.

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