Some people live in an area for just a few months or years and then move on. Others, myself included, don’t. We settle in for the duration and this choice has strange effects on our lives. For me it is the capturing as a photograph the local park. I read somewhere that one of the reasons why Constable Country in Suffolk was so called because the painter John Constable revisited the area of his birth again and again so the drawings and paintings he made of the area became almost produced by muscle memory. Over the past few months I have become aware of the same relationship I have with my local park.
As I explored this relationship it would seem that I rarely visit the park in the summer and the winter seems to be favourite time which is a bit odd as it part of the floodplain and so from time to time is under quite a bit of water. (I have some photos somewhere that I need to find but they are on other hard drives.) Another continuing theme throughout these images seems to be the river – for John Constable it was the River Stour for me its the River Soar.
Anyway it got me thinking about these things and so I thought it might be interesting to visit the park on a more frequent basis over the next year.
So here are some of the image I have made in the park over the last 8 years…enjoy.
One final thought. The park is near to the local police headquarters so perhaps this is also ‘Constable Country’.