Documenting The Bay
My art practice is an ongoing relationship with places; a way of inhabiting, understanding, or even communicating with the world around me. So much information is being revealed through my experiences whilst walking; about the landscape, its history and my own relationship to it. So, when I stop to take a photo, I am acknowledging this and keeping a record. My archive of photographs of a small part of Morecambe Bay span 10 years since I moved back to my childhood home and it continues to evolve and inform my practice.
Photography is an integral part of the flow and rhythm of my walks; and a means of responding to events that are taking place in the moment; a reciprocal gesture? In her inspirational book, Wanderlust: A History of Walking Rebecca Solnit writes ‘Walking is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord.’ For me, photography is an important part of this conversation.
Morecambe Bay is situated on the Lancashire and Cumbria coastline, just to the south of the Lake District National Park. Covering an area of 320 square kilometers, it is the largest area of intertidal mudflats and sand in the UK. The area where I walk is about 6 miles north of Morecambe itself. Covering about a mile in each direction it encompasses the very last area to be covered by the tide on its daily journey in and out of The Bay.