3.4: Lost on the way to Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall

The Coast Path from St Ives Ayr campsite to Zennor is a very beautiful walk, with bleak moorland and dramatic cliffs. It looks very different in different weather and different times of year. It is also often very busy as a favourite walk for tourists from St Ives. Inspired by the writings of Rebecca Solnit on ‘Wanderlust’ and ‘Getting Lost’ and Barbara Hepworth, this project revisits photographs of my walks in 2019, updated with a further planned visit in Spring 2022. I aim to produce one or more of:

  • short illustrated reflective walk guide based on a concertina sketchbook of my own thoughts, including historical, environmental and social information and developing sketches as full illustrations drawing and/or drypoint printmaking. This will draw on the drawing styles of St Ives artists like Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham and Sandra Blow.
  • printed or illustrated cards with annotation based on the sketchbook
  • Lost on the Way to Zennor photobook drawing inspiration also from the black and white landscape photography of Fay Godwin and Paul Hill’s ‘White Peak Dark Peak’.

Lost on the Way to Zennor: Photobook

This project revisits the photographs and text used in:

VCAP 2.1.3 ‘Lost on the Way to Zennor’

Here I did a collaged sketchbook inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’. But the collage and iPad work was experimental – pushing things too far and so rather heavy-handed.

In this first Photobook draft I revisit my original photo series of my walks along the Coast Path from St Ives Ayr campsite to Zennor, converting these to black and white photographs of varying tone, contrast and abstraction. I am aiming to let the images speak for themselves through their black and white tonal processing, differences in focus and detail. As an evocative documentary about the ideal and the realities of the Coast Path. I put a two page text at the end to briefly explain what the book is about. But after the viewer has already – hopefully – looked through the images to form their own impressions and ideas of what the book is about.

This still needs a lot of work. I want the photographs to highlight the contrast between fragility or the flowers with the dark clouds and steep cliffs, and large gaggles of people.

I need to think about the format and whether or not I want consistent margins, or variation etc. Also careful consideration of when I want the photographs to be ‘professionally polished’ and when possibly to let the stay too dark, too light or blurred. And reviewing the sequencing and narrative, certainly reducing the number of images but possibly also adding/substituting others from the photo series.

This will be done after a new visit to the coast path Spring 2022 with reflective sketchbook diary about the changes (if any) I see.

I am also intending to use selected images as black and white images in physical media: charcoal, pencil, ink, scraperboard, drypoint. And produce a concertina walk sketchbook in one of these media.

The padlet below is the only way I could get a 2-page view pdf and get around Worpress file size limits. It is a bit slow. Final version will be done in InDesign.

Made with Padlet