Kel Portman Landlinks

Planning walks can become a time consuming exercise in itself. Where to go and what to see? It's full of expectations and attempts to predict experiences, rather than simply going on a walk, fully aware and enjoying it in the moment.
Following the Landlinks script led to 8 unexpected and 'unattached' places. Even though some locations were known to me, I was directed to stop in places that were not always where I would have chosen to make artwork. Removing the usual expectation of searching for a 'subject' meant I became able to view each location for what it was rather than what I'd hope it to be.
Each image is shown as a diptych: with one part objective and made from a single viewpoint, the other a composite of overlayed images made at that location together with others from previous stopping points.  These build up as a visual and accumulative record of walk.
Accompanying the image is text that contains a reference to location using the geo-location app #what3words. This is shown together with a haiku that is  based on the words that are used to identify each small 3 metre square of our planet. It was intriguing to notice the relevance of the 3 words to 'place' and to then fit them into the constraints and limitations of a haiku.

#what3words, text and haikus

1. Orchard below Edge

Buzzards circling high.
Fox justifies his interest,
prowling between trees

2.  Washbrook Farm buildings

Historic farm track
Maddening ghost-sounds from mills.
People leave traces

3.  Ifold

Quiet, pierced by cackling.
Jay, rook, crow, magpie squabble
more sweep down to help

4.  Washbrook

Ancient, night-dark hills.
Water tries to cope with rocks
Fox comes to call

5. Top of the orchard

Silences broken
Echoes of a Single Shot
Repay the land’s lease

6. Seven Leaze Lane

In spite of danger
Barrett tightened his zone
Loyal, but left for dead

7.  Hillies

This landscape may weep
Under a moon’s gentle light.
Photos remind me

8.  Holcombe Lane

Unless we care -
with recent gains lost, we’ll be
full of false remorse

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