Rewind to 6 September 2012 and upstairs at The Cookie in Leicester City Centre Leicester Lo-Fi are having a ‘Make a Solagraph‘ camera thingy evening upstairs whilst downstairs Cats and Cats and Cats (I think) and You Slut! (I think) are doing their thing. Later that week I put one of the solagraphy coke cans on a semi-abandoned trailer on some farmland nearby pointing out towards Lutterworth. I reclaim it 14 days later (a shorter time span than I expected) when I notice that some work was taking place in the field. Despite a note explaining what the coke can was, it was bashed in at the side. The picture though………

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At the same time, I attach another coke can to the side of the house and forget about it. 320 weeks later (this morning), I take it down. The results are not as good – too long an exposure? – or rather, not as distinct – half a landscape due to a gate taking up half the frame – but I still find myself drawn to the ghostly scratched out lines.

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I like the process (or lack of it) of this, of it revealing itself, of having time mark itself upon it.

You should give it a go. I’m going to have another go too.

Have never really got on with this recorder – the gain seems to have a mind of its own and plops on as  much hiss as it sees fit. But it has other idiodsyncracies and erratic tendencies that keep making me pick it up again.

Nature is lovely. But nature is also brutal and harsh. 

And to be out in it is wonderful and frightening. It is to feel your significance and your insignificance at once and to wonder at it all.

We should all do it more.