MAP6 IN THE SHETLANDS

Whalsay MAPAs part of the photography collective MAP6, I will be flying out to the Shetland islands located to the North of Scotland, in the most remote area of the UK. Over five days Mitch Karunaratne, David Sterry, Heather Shuker, Phil le Gal, Richard Chivers and myself will be working on a collaborative series of photographs about the islands. I will primarily be located on the small island of Whalsay located to the east coast of the Shetlands, which I will be exploring on foot with my camera and tent.

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WALKING THE ARUN

The River Arun is in the county of West Sussex, close by to where I live. At 37 miles long, it is one of the longest rivers in the South of England. From the series of small streams that form its source in St Leonards Forest, the Arun flows westwards through Horsham and continues through the South Downs towards Arundel, before joining the English Channel at Littlehampton. The river was once one of the busiest shipping arteries in the south, however with the coming of the railways and changes in coastal shipping traffic declined rapidly and the navigation ceased to be maintained from 1888. For some time I have been fascinated by landscapes that are in a state of change, in particular areas that were primarily industrial and now are returning back to some kind of feral, natural habitat. During an afternoon in early April I made a short walk of 7 miles alongside the river Arun between Arundel and Littlehampton. My walk was an attempt to make some kind of connection with the landscape which was once home to a busy shipbuilding industry.

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IN TANZANIA

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As of the 13th of September I will be out of the country until January 23rd 2018. For the following months I will be working in Tanzania as the expedition photographer for Raleigh International. Established in 1984, Raleigh is a sustainable development charity that works in remote, rural areas to improve access to safe water and sanitation, build community resilience, to sustainably manage natural resources and to protect vulnerable environments.

For the coming months communication may be limited but please contact me via my everyday email: paulwalsh1977@yahoo.com

You can follow my journey on the Raleigh International blog or via my Facebook and Instagram pages found on my website. See you in 2018….

SHIKOKU’S TEMPLE WALK

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This week I was delighted to discover the work of photographer Alexandra Huddleston. For a number of years I have wanted to walk the 88 temple Pilgrimage on the island of Shikoku in Japan, so I was excited to discover a photographer who had done it. In 2010 Huddleston walked the entire 800 miles as a pilgrim. To complete the trail pilgrims worship at each of the 88 temples following a route that loosely follows the 9th-century Buddhist saint Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi). This was the second pilgrimage for the photographer (after the Camino de Santiago). The work, which was published as a book called East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage, includes a series of journal entries that account for some of the tribulations as well as the joys of the experience.

To discover more of Alexandra Huddlestons work you can visit her website here and you can purchase the book here.

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ARCHITECTURE FOR TRAVELLERS

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A walk is always filled with significant phenomena, which are valuable to see and feel.

Robert Walser, The Walk

Architecture for Travellers is a fascinating walking project from Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu. Beginning during a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the project’s first book Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa was published in 2014.

The walk began on November 10th on Galveston Island Texas and ended December 20th at 404 West Galveston Street in Marfa, Texas. Whilst walking from his birthplace on the island of Galveston to the town of Marfa, where he and his wife will build their own home, poet Joshua Edwards took a photograph at the end of each hour of walking with the constraints of using only available light and a fixed lens. The book collects all 230 black and white photographs from the 680-mile trip and serves as a companion to a collection of poems and travel pieces.

To find out more information about the project or buy the book, you can visit the dedicated website here.

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The walkers:

Joshua Edwards is the author of three collections of poetry and directs the independent publisher Canarium Books. His other photographic work can be found on his website here.

Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai, grew up in Chicago, and walked from Austin to Kerrville. She’s the author of a various of collections opoetry and the co-editor of Canarium Books.

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