Thursday, 5 February 2009

Yorkshire and sound


The Holderness region in East Yorkshire has one of Europe's fastest eroding coastlines. The Alderborough area is estimated to erode as much as 3.8 metres a year. Walking the coast line there were bits of earth constantly falling off, creating a deep rumbling sound. It made me think of doing sound recordings of this, it all felt very athmospheric and there is also the constant sound of the sea. I'm not sure how difficult this would be to record yet, how near to the 'fall' I would have to be and then it is the sound of the wind to take into consideration. I saw an really interesting exhibition last year called Soundings from the Estuary that combined sound with images as well as text. The different sounds were playing on an constant loop in the gallery.

I found some good locations in Yorkshire that illustrates what I want to capture but the light was not right for most of the time, to much sunshine which does not fit with the bleak landscapes I want. I will make another trip for sure to get better light and there are still more locations in the Yorkshire area that I want to explore.
I'm looking for more people to include in the landscapes, people that are in some way affected. I want to interview them and use their stories/thoughts with the images. I think the writing could fit well with a set of landscapes and would hopefully add more understanding for how erosion is affecting peoples lives.

2 comments:

jonowales said...

you got sunshine in Yorkshire!! lived there for 4 years and i can't recall all of that much; stick them on stock photos and you might get some press interest!!

Lovely images; really like the road off the cliff shot (going to sound strange, but if you were to go back would it be worth taking a step ladder for some height on that?

lovely image of the 3 houses on the cliff top too, and i really like the one of the cliff half fallen away with the the one house to the side....

great stuff.

Anna said...

Hi Jono,
Funny you should say that, I have been thinking about step ladders:) I imagine I need quite a high one though, a paraglider might be more my choice but then I can probably not stay still for long enough. And there is off course stilts (only joking):)