A Walk in Monochrome from Boldon to Whitburn

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In this series a variety of online mapping tools were used to guide the journey. This combination of Google maps and digital route finding applications formed part of my experience of places encountered on the trail. These tools served a dual function in that they enabled me to orientate myself on the walk (as well as to re-calibrate my direction when I got lost) but also proved valuable in a more visceral sense.

The applications employed as a guide also influenced the formal direction of the photographs – particularly line and texture of surfaces which, when represented in monochrome, started to resemble some of the terrain maps offered by the online applications.

The dichotomized experience of following a diagramatic account of the terrain which subsequently determines the experiential photographic recording process is an interesting one for the following reasons.

(1) it addresses an ongoing interest I have in how to reconcile the cognitive processes of producing photographic images through wayfinding with an experiential sensory response to the environment overcoming the schism between the cognitive and the intuitive that i have encountered throughout my practice.

(2) it unifies macro (mapping from above) and the micro perspectives (details below) into an integrated whole bringing the study closer to what might be considered a phenomenological experience of place since I, the photographer am at the locus of a range of diverse stimuli both virtual / cartographic / vector based and real, experiential, and tonal.

Reflective Report: Practice (Mapping & Wayfinding Strategies)  p.9

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