Notes on “Journey” in Wells (2011)

Really useful summary of making art whilst walking (loc4528) :

  • Walks engage time and space. Walking is corporeal; the process integrates the sensual and the cerebralas a walk evolves through encountering new sites and sights, and a tapestry of reflections accumulates along the way.
  • in reference to Fulton’s work: “For him the images refer to past experience, to the journey that he undertook; for us, as audience they are fascinating fictions.” – this relates back to my assignment one, the viewer hasn’t seen or experienced the view, they are creating it from their own imagination whilst they ponder its relationship to the bench. What I tend not to reflect on so much is my own experience of the landscape, I reflect instead on my images and what they might mean to the viewer. I need to think more about what they mean to me.
  • in a similar vein to the above: “Photographic interpretations of journey are enticing perhaps because they are inter-subjective; the photographer and the viewer each enjoys imaginative latitude as senses and memories of experiences of walking are conjured up through photographic allusion.” Query whether this should be “allusion” or “illusion”? Are we really visualising our experiences of walking or are we basing our interpretation of the imagery on fiction and fantasy? This is particularly true of Long’s work where he sometimes uses his sculptures to trigger collective memories of history and mysticism. Could be relevant to assignment two, conflating fiction and reality in the way we view the landscape.
  • in relation to Long’s text work: “Often there is no photograph; the alignment or flow of the visual image is made up of phrases transcribing experience and evoking mood.” Text is not just about the words, it is also visual.
  • That Long’s interventions make temporary adjustments, rather than permanent impact, perhaps reflects the transience of human presence.
  • By contrast with the topographic, such imagery is not about place in itself so much as about the experience of place.” This was my problem with assignment one, that the sublime is more about experience than appearance and photography naturally captures the visual rather than the experiential. This is my challenge for assignment two, to find a way to capture my experience of my journey, not just what I see.
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