St Bede’s Pilgrim Trail

A walk can be constituted as a prospective plan / a system of navigation that can also be reflexive and emergent rather than pre-ordained. This may create a relationship between the historical and spatial – which can be unitary rather than oppositional (Levebvre; 1991)

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In Michel de Certeau’s ‘Walking in the City’  the author refers to walking as a form of spatial ‘enunciation’ (2002) whereby narrative and syntax can be explored as a series of significant moments which can be recorded throughout the walk. My peripatetic approach to photography and ongoing research has given rise to ideas concerning repeat walking – following in footsteps of wayfarers from the past.

This research leads me to think about pilgrims and consider potential links between the pilgrimage and photographic practice. The pilgrim trail might be described as an index or trace of a walk and like photography occupies a liminal space between the mythic and the factual.

This project might be described as a figurative re-enactment addressing a confluence of time periods – the present flux of time experienced through the walk itself as a somatic, intuitive experience in relation to  historical sense of place which is alluded to by signifiers embeded within the landscape is experienced cognitively.

Walks involves a range of senses – meaning can therefore be derived from a range of perspectives, some tacit, some intentional. This project aims to consolidate all of these into a phenomenological experience.

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