We’re lucky to have a park just up the road. It’s great for walking the dog and meeting other dog owners. This car park is frequented by walkers, lovers, cannabis smokers, drug users and sundry other groups. This car has a Police Aware sticker on it and a load of charred tools in the boot. To be honest I’m surprised the tools are still there but possibly there’s a hidden CCTV camera focused on it. Maybe you wouldn’t expect it but the estate I live on, from which this park is accessed, on the face of it is a quite well to do above average income bracket private housing estate. Yet we have two people from this estate who’ve recently took the lives of another. I hesitate using the word ‘murderer’ because that would almost presume planned pre-meditation and these things are never as the media would have us believe ? The first was a fight in town which went horribly wrong resulting in the victim falling back, banging his head and “it’s good night Vienna”. The second is a young girl who suicidal deliberately drove into an oncoming car killing the driver. She survived.
The park is on the edge of town, so within minutes me and the dog can be in the countryside. In England you’re never really far away from the urban. I find walking tends to free the mind. Sounds daft but I do my best thinking when I’m not thinking but I never remember to take a notebook and pen with me. I advise my fellow photographers to carry a notebook and pen with them at all times as part of their kitbag.
A few days ago I got notification of this exhibition Into the woods at the V & A http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/11/vandawoods/ I’ve been partial of making images of trees myself. There’s some quite nice ones where I live and I’ve got some favourite trees of my own. One of which is just off the M1 motorway near Nottingham. The one above is in our nearby woods. It’s seen better days as trees grow but I’m interested to watch how this one will develop or not ?
Occasionally people sleep out in the woods. I once met a man who’d set up a tent and fire and was spending the day getting some peace and quiet away from a noisy neighbour in the flat below. Not far from this structure some local schoolkids are brought out from the classroom to spend the afternoon having fun learning to be outside. It’s called the Forest Schools initiative. When I was a kid I spent hours in the woods. These days kids don’t play in the woods. I once overheard a young girl tell her friends she wouldn’t ever go up into the woods because it was full of paedophiles, like they were hiding behind every tree. I don’t think I knew what a paedophile was until I was well over twenty.
The above images were taken on one day while on a short walk with the dog.
Happy New Year my lovely readers.
I wish you peace and happiness