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!


 

 

11 March: ‘Vivienne’ Walk with Richard Turney

The emphasis of this walk led by Elspeth, was to look at the important contribution made by Vivienne Eliot to the work of T.S. Eliot and her influence on ‘The Wasteland’

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Elspeth gave the group ropes which she had made, so that they could ‘knot’ things that had made an impact on them during the walk.

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Contributions were made on different aspects of her life by Richard and members of the group during the day.

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A very welcome break for a cream tea was taken at The Walpole Bay Hotel & Museum.

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The final stop was at The Old Market where Judy read a piece she had written from the top of the converted bus inside the venue.  The event had been advertised to the public and Sally Waterman’s video ‘In the Cage’ (2007)  was projected onto the ceiling.

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All these events have also been an opportunity for me to take images of interesting things I have also witnessed.  In this case I took a picture of the baker inside the market who was busy in his work area.  Although it was possible to see inside, there was a red film on the inside of the glass hence to colour of the image.

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9 Dec 2016: Sally Waterman Presentation

20161209-IMG_2268Sally was invited to speak to the group as being a possible contributor to the 2018 exhibition.  Her work on ‘The Wasteland’ is the culmination of a five-year PhD project and has resulted in 12 photographic and video installations which have resulted from TS Eliot’s 1922 poem.

 

12 Jan 2017: TSE Research Group at Franka’s Studio

20170112-IMG_2276This was the first time that the group had met at the studio in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate.  It was chance for us to discuss the progress so far together with some members of the curating team from Turner Contemporary.

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The lighting was extremely challenging and ideally the venue was not equipped to deal with so many people.  So I was not able to move around freely to take images.  However it was good to have a change of scene and to see some members of the group who are only able to come occasionally.