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Day #1/365: Welcome To A Year In The Country

Welcome To A Year In The Country

Well, here goes. 365 days of A Year In The Country.

Scary trees-for first page-A Year In The Country

Have a look see at the About page to see what it’s all about. Here’s a brief precis

1) Trying to create landscape/nature photography/imagery that appeals to an urban and/or subcultural sensibility.

2) An exploration of the duality of my own relationship with the countryside (hence An English Idyll, A Midnight Sun); an exploration of and searching for some kind of expression of an underlying unsettledness to the English bucolic countryside dream.

3) A wandering about and through the trails of things that have influence, inspired and intrigued me along the way, which will quite possibly take in the further flung reaches of English folk music and what has been labelled hauntological culture.

1 Year, 4 Seasons, 12 Months, 52 Weeks, 365 Days

The plan is to base everything around the cycle of a year. I’m not quite sure how it will all work yet but here are some plans I’m making or have already carried out:

Matching my childhood time spent living in the countryside, I spent a year taking photographs; starting on the first day I moved to the countryside and on the final day of that year returning to the village of my childhood with a camera slung over my shoulder*.

A Year In The Country will feature images created using those photographs.

Over the next year:

1) 365 days; 365 postings including my own work alongside a breadcrumb trail of influences, inspirations and intrigueries.
2) 12 months; 12 touchstone records.
3) 4 seasons; 4 special editions of the work, each containing 52 images.

And so on**.


*Curiously and unplanned for, on that final day Nigel Kneale’s classic 1972 TV program The Stone Tape was showing at a cinema in a city I would pass through. I thought that was maybe fate throwing something my way. So on the way back I stopped off for a little cathode ray seance, rounding the circle as it were.

**The management reserves the right to change plans without notice.

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