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Pointing the Way

Signs. The subject for this weeks WordPress photo challenge.  All these photos were taken over the course of my week-long reconnoitre trip up to the Holy island of Lindisfarne during Michaelmas last week.  (see also Pilgrim on Horseback for the back story).  Click on any of the photos if you wish to read the messages more clearly!

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Normally, I would jump at the chance to use a title like this to go down the esoteric route and interpret it as ‘signs as symbols’.  Something I am always seeking to find in the landscape as personal messages for me.  These, however, are signs that are literally pointing the way.

this is one I hope to become very familiar with

this is one I hope to become very familiar with

Some are warning signs, some have been defaced: a sheep turned into some of rhinoceros. Information boards, a scratched dedication to a loved one on a bench, and a way marker looking like a crucifix.

Then, on a wild and desolate moor in the North Yorkshire Dales, I come across the Red Flag which stopped me in my tracks.

On the Holy island of Lindisfarne, the signage becomes grand and imposing to shepherd the thousands of visitors around the island as well as marking the way for pilgrims wanting to follow in the Saintly footsteps of Cuthbert.  A couple of the signs, however, are cracked and old-fashioned and seem oddly out-of-place against the ‘corporate’ signage of a place that has become a major tourist attraction.  (Naively, something I was not expecting and found rather disturbing).  For me, these signs seem more home-spun and real and speak of the people behind them.  (Like the dedication on the bench, above)

And looking at them all again, collectively, there is an element of deep symbology for me in them, each one unique in its own way telling their own story.  On my epic journey, I shall be looking for these signs to guide me along the right path, both physically and spiritually.  Not least as a little bit of entertainment to also delight and amuse.

 

To see how other people have interpreted signs, here.

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Spider’s Web: A Dream Catcher Mandala

Good Morning!  This weeks WordPress photo challenge is ‘Good Morning!’ and for some reason I immediately thought of cobwebs.  I see them every morning as little gossamer-threaded carpets glistening with dew in the grass when I take the dogs out first thing in the morning and I can’t help but smile at the spider’s industry whilst most of us have all been tucked up in our beds.

web-covered gorse catching the early morning light

web-covered gorse catching the early morning light

The fact that a spider’s web has featured many times in the past few days has not gone unnoticed.  I was arrested by this beautiful web that appeared overnight on the back of my car recently.  The fact that it had appeared on my instrument of transport seemed particularly poignant.

spun web on the back of my car

spun web on the back of my car

Is this a reminder that my journey is in the process of change?  Seeing a web brings attention to the elaborate construction of our lives, and the power to repair broken threads or build new webs when required to do so.  The fact that a friend recently saw me becoming entangled in a web when he envisaged a situation I have become involved in made me sit up and take notice.

the same web basking in the glory of the early morning sunlight

the same web basking in the glory of the early morning sunlight

These delicately exquisite constructions are usually made overnight thus making me think of them as dream catchers that allows us to filter out negative influences.  I think this is why they have been brought to my attention recently.

For other Good Morning! photos, see here.

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Animating Found Footage

Recently attended a follow-up day led by James Holcombe (from no.w.here) working with 16mm film stock, (see In Genial Company and A Weekend with Bolex) which was organised by CineStar.

using Lettraset letters in the printing process

using Lettraset letters in the printing process

This time, we used a variety of household chemicals and dye stuffs to dismember a reel of found footage, a reel of black and white optical print with sound.  This is a method of ‘camera-less’ film making, creating a sort of expanded projection or ‘animation’ of the original.

saturated footage drying in the breeze

‘saturated’ footage drying in the breeze

By immersing fragments of the footage in these baths of prepared chemicals, the images can be watched as they slide and slip away or become stained by baths of dye or solutions of heavy metal salts.   The ‘toning’ affects the silver on the film and can be arrested at any point by taking the footage out of the solution and plunged into a bath of water.  The resulting imagery, dried and once more randomly spliced together, becomes a ‘direct animation’ version of the original footage.

effects of tinting and toning using an ipad as a light box

effects of tinting and toning using an iPad as a light box

Here is a snippet of the result:

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I am now wondering how I might use such a technique in my walking practice.

For other ‘saturated’ imagery, here.

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Retracing my Footsteps: 1. St Uny Church to Knill’s Monument

St. Uny Church, Lelant.

St. Uny Church, Lelant.

Porth Kidney to Carbis Bay

Porth Kidney to Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay

At the waymarker for Knill's Monument

At the waymarker for Knill’s Monument

Nil Desperandum

Nil Desperandum!

This is my own ‘pano’ viewpoint.  For more unusual POV’s see how other people have tackled this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge here.

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