5 May: Margate Bookie Walk with Billie

We were blessed with great walking conditions, war, dry, sunny and not too hot for our last walk as part of the Walking group.  This also coincided with the last weekend of the Journeys with the Waste Land exhibition.  We started by listening to music in the Nayland Rock shelter that had inspired Eliot.


 

 

 

 

 

 

We then walked to the beach where Billie had devised various games all based around the poem with Virginia and Sonia taking lead roles.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After stopping at various points along the beach for activities, we then headed to the steps for a final reading of an Eliot poem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once back inside Turner Contemporary we sat on deck chairs for the final part until a friend of Billie’s arrived from London.  He also organises walks around the city of London, and provided some interesting historical information about the channel and what is still lying buried on the sea bed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst our activities will change now that the Waste Land project has come to an end and we all move on in new directions, it has been a time to reflect.  The main thing for me has  been the photographic opportunities that it has offered but also mainly the friends I have made along the way.  Billie has been inspirational and on my wavelength, so I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to work with her.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 April: POW Psychic Walk in Margate


 

 

 

 

 

This was a rescheduled event originally due to take place earlier in the year.  However, as it related to TS Eliot’s wives and their treatment in his hands, it also coincided with the last weekend of the Journeys with the Waste Land exhibition and the end of the Research Group’s collaboration.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It looked at four sites that had played a prominent role when Eliot was there in 1920s.


 

 

 

 

 

The Albemarle Hotel – now demolished.


 

 

 

 

 

Margate Museum


 

 

 

 

 

Margate Winter Gardens


 

 

 

 

 

Nayland Rock Shelter


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Although there was not a large group attending it was a very interesting and informative session.

It is hard to accept that the three years I have been involved with the Research Group has now come to an end.  It has been a wonderful photographic opportunity and I have met some interesting people who have become close friends.  Like everything we have to now move on and take this experience with us.  However it has been is something special and will certainly not be forgotten!  Thank you to everyone who has worked with me on this!

3 Feb: Launch Day for our Journeys with the Waste Land exhibition

The private view the previous evening was crammed packed  with people and extremely well supported. Although as a member of the Research Group I was able to go round and take photographs, as there were lots of visitors I decided I needed to spend time with the exhibits another day!


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

My proposed Man Ray’s Dust Breeding was there!


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

It is hard to now realise that nearly three years work has come to fruition.  I have met lots of super people along the way and it has been an interesting, exciting and at times challenging journey for me.  It  has been an opportunity to work alongside a large gallery and to see it in operation.

 

3 Feb: Walking with the Waste Land Group


 

 

 

 

 

This walk coincided with the launch of the Journeys with the Waste Land Exhibition and followed a route around Margate close to the Turner Contemporary Gallery.


 

 

 

 

 

The walk involved various stops along the way with readings and interpretations of the poem at sites that were significant.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Keith,  a local poet read some of his work and Julia, a local artist introduced us to TS Eliot’s ‘toilets’. This coincided with  the erection of the blue plaque which is to be commemorated later in the year.


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

The group met finally with Mike in the Nayland Rock shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

A final meeting and reading on the beach before some of the group wrote their thoughts on  postcards.


 

 

31 Dec: Updates and The New Year

Is it just me or do others find New Year’s eve a real conflict of emotions? Do we always ponder over what has happened during the last year – its ups and downs and then try to at least think positively about the coming year?

PHD

This has taken over more than I ever anticipated, but being part-time I mistakenly thought that if I pulled out all the stops I could perhaps finish early and save a few pennies in the process!   Although I have the time to do it I need to find a better work / life balance so as to keep up the momentum but have some fun at the same time.  I had my first Review in November which seemed to go well, but since then I have had a major rethink about the structure of the thesis and am hoping that when I see my supervisor in a couple of weeks time she will agree that this would be a big improvement.

During the year I made great progress by firstly interviewing John Jolliffe in Mells Somerset.  He was instrumental in Florence’s diary being published and was able to fill in many pieces of the jigsaw.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst I have not been very active using social media it was through using Facebook that I was able to make contact with Florence’s great-nephew Mark and in turn her nephew (now 95) and his wife (93)!.  This led to my meeting them for lunch near Guildford and talking about Florence.  I came away feeling that I had made new close friends who were so interested in what I was doing.  So this was a very good way to finish the year.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just before Christmas I went to London to see the Dali / Duchamp exhibition at the Royal Academy.  At last I was able to see a painting that has been on my ‘must see’ list.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had been told many years ago was told that this very powerful painting by Dali was usually hung at the end of a long room in the art gallery in Glasgow, so it was the first thing the visitor saw when they entered the room. So to see it locally was one visit not to miss.  However its position in the Royal Academy was not so impressive as it was on a wall with other paintings, so rather lost.

Turner Contemporary Research Group 

I have found that towards the end of the year my role documenting the meetings has seemed to be less needed.  If it was a meeting to merely discuss progress and did not present many photographic opportunities, then I have not offered my services unless asked.  I also found that on some occasions there was another photographer there so this meant that taking images was problematic as we were competing for floor space.  I also would spend time editing etc. after the event and sending off to interested parties only to often find that I sometimes did not even receive an acknowledgment that they had been received.

As the intended exhibition is due to take place early 2018 I am not sorry to be losing this demand on my time, as at the end of the day my PhD is more important.  It has also shown that whilst it has been an interesting experience and I have enjoyed meeting some great people in the process working with a large gallery can be challenging at times!

The New Year

Apart from working to ensure that the first draft of chapters 1 and 2 of my PhD are finished by the summer then the pressure will hopefully diminish considerably.

The TSE Research Group exhibition will be held soon so it will be good all the efforts of the group over the last two years come to fruition.  Luckily I am still working with the Walking Group and there are a couple of anticipated walks due to take place both locally and in London during the year, so another photographic opportunity.

Now that Uni has given me a small expensed fund I will be able to travel and do more research in original archives.  The first proposed trip will be up to Edinburgh in the spring (when it is warmer) to visit the National Library of Scotland to look at the work of Mairi Chisholm, so something to look forward to.

Apart from taking images for the Turner Research Group I have rather neglected my own photography so have very much missed taking myself off and just taking pictures.  I bought an old Rolleiflex TLR camera earlier in the year and have yet to give it a try out.  So that is a must together with resurrecting my darkroom and doing more analogue work.

There may be a few flying pigs around here but perhaps my writing would improve from not spending so much time chained to the PC! I hope the year will continue to bring good health and to be able to see more of friends and family.  A very happy new year to whoever may take the time to read this 🙂

 

 

 

 

19 Aug: Walking with Margate Bookie Festival

In hindsight when I look back at each of these walks despite the previous preparations, they are all so different and unexpected.  We were again blessed with fine dry weather as the last one was challenging, trying to take pictures and keep the camera dry under an umbrella!  However the day was very windy and I ended up with watery eyes so it was a wonder I achieved the results I did.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only slight irritation (not I know unexpected at times) was one lady who was most insistent that I did not capture her in any of the shots.  So as a result she seemed to keep popping up in lots of them when looked at the results later!  Still I guess I’ve generally been fortunate up until now, as most people just seem to be engrossed in the proceedings and not take too much notice of me.

I always seem to see something else which catches my eye when I’m on one of the walks, either it is something unusual or the fact that as Turner commented, the skies are always impressive.


 


 

 

26 July: Walking in preparation for Margate Bookie 19 August

We always seem to be blessed with the weather when it comes to the walks.  The forecast was abysmal but we only ended up with a few drops.  The plan was to run through the proposed walk with Andreas and members of the team putting Margate Bookie together.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is always a chance to capture something of interest whilst I am documenting the events.  This was taken inside part of Dreamland which is yet to be renovated.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margate – just the place to have a break!


 

 

22 July: Walking with The Waste Land Group update

The group has now settled into meeting once a month and although I could not attend the June walk I did attend the one held on 17 May which included some members of the Garden Gate Project in Margate.   This is a community garden working with people with mental health and or learning difficulties based at Northdown Park, Cliftonville.

We were blessed with a sunny day and a good day to remember!


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following images show what the inspiring work that is being carried out in a very calm and relaxing environment.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

18 July: TSE Research Group – Turner Contemporary Gallery update

Since the last post I entered for 25 March I have not been able to attend and document all the sessions as my PhD is taking top priority!  I also felt that some sessions were going over previously discussed topics so did not need to be documented.

However I did attend the meeting on 25 April which included a presentation from a Margate project artist working in connection with ‘The Waste Land’ and interested in making a contribution to the exhibition.  I have some of the images taken:


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The most recent meeting held on 18 July also incorporated an invited ‘sample’ audience to see what their impressions were on the proposed format of the exhibition so far.  It was a very lively meeting and the following images were taken:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing worth mentioning is the journey and friendships that have emerged since the group started and the fun we have had:

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