Wanderings #25/52a: Stone Circle Documents / Layering Over Time
A while ago I wrote If “Sometimes Slightly Dour 1970s Books On Windmills That Have Subtley Gained A Layer Or Two Of Extra Resonance With The Passing Of Time” Was A Quite Long Book Genre…
Well, near to that section in an imagined bookshop/library may well be the “Sometimes Slightly Dour 1970s Books On Stone Circles That Have Subtley Gained A Layer Or Two Of Extra Resonance With The Passing Of Time” section.
There are a lot of books that have been published on stone circles; tourist orientated ones, academic, photographic, photographic/text intertwined, populist etc and a quick glance at say one of the more well known online retailers will bring up a fair few recently published books along those lines.
Which is all good and fine but I tend to find that it’s the accidental older finds that I’m drawn to, books that, well have “gained a layer or two of extra resonance with the passing of time”.
Rings Of Stone by Aubrey Burl and Edward Piper, published in 1979, would be one of those.
I think it would be the above pages that first caught my eye… there’s something about them, particularly the one on the right that just seems a little too… angular? Geometric?
They put me in mind of the reflective sculptures/weapons around the dome in Phase IV.
While the above image just seems, well, wrong, while also being a good capturing of a particular atmosphere and spirit of time and place.
Intertwined wanderings around these parts:
Day #149/365: Phase IV – lost celluloid flickering (return to), through to Beyond The Black Rainbow and journeys Under The Skin
Elsewhere in the ether:
Peruse the book here.