I’ve been researching arts projects on coastal erosion this morning. A project on this coastline is going to be a challenge for me, which is what I'm looking forward to. If the light isn’t great along the coast, the ‘brown’ cliffs, ‘brown’ sea and sand has felt uninspiring the past, however this pallett of 'browns' will inspire a more in depth observation of the shades I hope!
Reflection; Living by land that slowly falls into the sea and having seen it do this for many years, makes me realise how much part of our lives its been, acceptance of this will exist until it comes too close to the house I suppose, thats all you can do. At some point our acceptance will be challenged, by which time it wil likely be too late.
I need to look down the coastline to source good photographic places? Could I use a wooden frame (eg the Boyle family principle) as the frame for the section of cliff photographed/documented?
Took the opportunity to go down to the beach and take some shots to see where my point of angle would be. Thankfully not too wet. Already the base of the ramp has washed away from the last time I went down in August.
The tree stumps have moved and there was another piece of wood down there from a ship I think? (Beach1_33 dng) I picked up a lovely piece of rusted metal; it has some kind of enamel on the surface, wonderful warm cream colours, grey and rust.. what a find!
Walked down to Ringborough and took images of the tower laid on the beach, the other bits and pieces of debris and the buildings on the top of the cliff.
Reflections; Standing looking at the cliff memories of my childhood and playing here, more or less hidden from Meadleys as we crept around as silently as possible, seeking out all the nooks and crannies of the concrete defences. As I look at the cliff I remember my brother crashing a car into one of the defences, they saved him from going over the cliff.
Definitely am going to pick up found objects for this project, I'd like to experiment with surfaces and emulsion. Also printmaking?
I think I’ve come up with the solution of how to use the post idea but simplified – fence posts into the cliff/ground at certain points along the cliff, possibly with some adaptation to fit the camera like a tripod?
Out on location, sourcing materials! Went to Tony Cooks to source fence posts, screws, nuts, bolts and wellies etc., We bought the posts, however had to go along to F.R. Scott’s for the screws etc.,
£24.99 on wellies
£8.60 fence posts
£18.00 screws, glue, fixtures
Then we used a grinder to cut down the threaded screws that fit the tripod fitting on the camera. Drilled holes in the posts. Prepared all to take and position on Thursday. Took the fence posts in the forklift, and I documented the positioning etc., It was a beautiful, sunny and clear day. If a little cold!
Tuesday 02.11.10 Photographed the cliff, decide Tuesdays will be the day for the weekly documenting.
I went down to the beach to collect objects. Two from each zone, from left to right, after photographing from the posts. Remember which items are for which zone, will label them as soon as possible! Photographed them in the studio in the afternoon.
Photographed the cliff, processed the images Tuesday afternoon.
Started to design and build a project website and diary. I'm adjusting colours to browns etc., to compliment the images and theme. Have to think of a name.. View from the edge? Cliff top field? Find out some name from old records?
Thinking of Ideas for exhibition – thoughts on using clear perspex. Labelling and display. I like the thought of clean and clear against the natural objects..
Today updated website - do some research on materials.
Ideas for name of site and project, explore more; Five ways, Five points of view, 5 POV, Five views, 5 Views, Five points, Five Markers. Ordnance survey points?
Document things to source and fund.
Surfaces to transfer onto, metal seems a way to go..
Aluminium. Copper. Acrylic. Metals off the beach. Canvas/materials
Found this when researching names for this area of coastline and wanting to find a name for the website. Exact extract from Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Yorkshire to Lincolnshire, Bempton to Donna Nook
"Medieval. The open fields were principally divided into North Field and South Field either side of the village by the 17th century, and in the south, the common lands of New Close, probably reflecting the medieval pattern. There was also a small area of pasture to the east of the village on the course of the Lambwath stream. An area known as Sea Field in the 18th century reflects areas lost to erosion. Ringbrough and East Newton may have had their own fields, but they were later combined into a North and South Field, with an area of common pasture, called Bitten. Bewick’s fields were enclosed either in the later medieval or early post-medieval period. There were fishponds and one or two warrens there, south of the manor house, in the early 14th century. Ridge-and-furrow cropmarks in the parish seem to be mainly post-medieval, although they presumably reflect the pattern of medieval furlongs; an area in the south may include medieval examples, centred around TA 2625 3670 (AL59), as do the earthworks at Low Farm (AL40). Newton, later East Newton, hamlet was also recorded from 1086, located at TA 2685 3795 (AL48). It may have comprised an east-west street with a parallel back lane, and there was a green, certainly by the 18th century...."
Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment – Project 3729 page 89, link to online document on appendix 3.
I think I have my project and website name - Sea Field!
Documented the objects again with better lighting. Try out lighting and go with flash as opposed to natural lighting.
Things to do; Look at old maps to see if I can find an old name/reference for the cliff top field. Insert Appendices into my website and put the research images, and maps in there too, plus anything else that doesn’t fit within the body of the observations. Exhibition Large glossy skectchbook, maybe on a large scale and quite glossy? But make it myself!
Visit to Spain to document Andalucia. Contrasting coastline!
Long trip back. Research. Found Hull University coastal erosion documenting using posts along the coast from 1951 to 1998 (?) Get in touch with that department to see if I can see their research. More to do..
Ordered labels for dating and collecting the work. Not yet arrived. Draw/scan some of the objects?
1 & 2.12.10
No travel, lost of places closed. Snow hits region and creates the most astonishing weather conditions and environmental shots…. Freezing conditions of which I’ve not seen the like before, and certainly not documented it before.
An article in a newspaper found on the beach made for an interesting read? "This week’s imponderable…Why can’t we drink seawater? Although we all need to consume a certain amount if salt (about 500 mg a day) just to remain alive, excess consumption is dangerous and potentially fatal. Salt makes up only 0.25 percent of our total body weight (thought the salt content of our blood is about 0.9 percent). Seawater is more than 3 percent dissolved salt – which is at least three times more than we can tolerate"
Yesterday documented the cliffs and the beach. The beach offered the most interesting results. Icicles, frozen water flows and sand. Freezing temperatures, mists and birdcalls make very evocative and eerie companions. If I was not doing this project I would miss all of this, having to go out in such weather is hard but is showing the most amazing results and when I'm on the beach I love being there, I’m so inspired! The feeling of freedom is here. Struggles disappear… my heart becomes light again.
Not been an easy week, trapped inside and snowbound.
I need to remember to clean the green bead from the beach!
Stars and snow through a skylight last night, stayed in Hull to save travelling home in the beautiful but freezing weather, house I stayed in had frozen pipes, 5 inches of water in the base of the bath. Found more information on Hull University and mapping of the coast. Have contact numbers now to contact, really hope this comes to something. Can’t wait to look, process and put my new stuff up on the website!
15 &16 12.10
The snow has gone again, though we are to have more so they say. Rain today and greyness. Oh I don’t like this at all.
21 & 22.12.10 documenting cliff. No travel.
Out to the cliff on several occasions. Visited the beach with Robert and Sue on Boxing Day. Robert (brother) talked about when he and a friend went night fishing, jumping out of the way as the cliff made a strange sound and then slid and fell to the beach, lost their fishing box and overnight food!
Photographed the road to Crawforth’s and also the pinprick leak from the water pipe outside the house.
I haven't brought too many objects up in the last weeks, some days it was too cold to get down to the beach or the tide was in. Battling with the freezing temperatures and flu, not feeling well etc., just got the better of me.
Visit to Jack Hardisty, Professor of Environmental Physics at the Department of Geography, University of Hull to explore possible research and or resources at the university. Visit the Universities amazing map department. Feast for the eyes. Trying to locate old names and look at how the coastline may have changed over the years. Am able to photograph the maps on site, a thank you to Professor Hardisty and Bernie for a great opportunity!
February, work impacts on my time on course. Working most days on various creative projects. Creative Partnerships, World Book Night and with NHS PCT.
The last few visits to the beach have been ok and fairly uneventful. However the pill-box up at Myhills (sheep farmers who used to live next door, I still call their farm Myhills) is slowly slumping down the cliff.
Ordering metals now, have been doing some quick sketching of objects.
5th, 6th and 7th April
Start working with resin and documenting the process. I take a selection to the workshop. Plastic is moulded around blocks of wood to the shape of the objects to be cast (the cost of the mould/materials is £1.50) I buy a can of clear cast resin for £20.00. In total I have bought and used nearly £60.00 of clear cast resin for 8 blocks. Lots learnt along the way. How not to create moulds for resin for a start! The mould leaked all over (see images on processes page) wasting a lot of the resin and creating problems of how to contain the liquid - I lost the battle mostly! Future use of resin I'll approach differently. The blocks themselves were too big for the type of resin used. Next time I need to look at using resin for larger moulds. The objects themselves I like and I am pleased to have had a go at using the resin [process with objects from the beach. I have a lot of respect for this substance and what it can offer, how the images look inside etc., however I don't think I will take it further on this project, food for thought in the future.
Once again I have the conflict of work, these past months the work has taken priority, the consequence of which is that I am really frustrated. Not enough creative time for me.
Gesso workshop! Chris goes over the process of applying gesso on to aluminium.
Three bags of fine casting plaster £ 32.00. At home I attempt to make a 12"x12"x12" plaster block. With an object set into the mould (cost of mould £10.00) from the beach. I use one 25 kg bag. Mmm, the idea was to create several of these over Easter, after trying to move the block I decide to call it a day with this process. This one block is even too heavy to bring into college to show as part of a process. (There are a couple of photographs on the processes page).
Go to London to visit Gina Badenoch, founder of Sight in Emotion. Visit Wimbledon museum with group of partically sighted people. Also visit the Tate Modern and The Unilever Series; Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seeds. Fascinating. Mammoth. Not able to walk on the seeds now as the Tate have closed this possibility because of health and safety reasons (the dust!). Feels like it might have been a travesty to walk on the work of thousands of hands maybe anyway?
Two markers gone astray. Provokes a strong reaction in me. I'd asked two cars to leave the field a couple of days before late at night after they had driven on to the field, they weren't happy about being moved, I wonder if they came back and took the markers, who knows? Where there is land there is conflict. Some people think they can access it as a right. This experience small as it is) has had a negative effect on me. The frustration of trying to complete the project now enters a different phase. It triggers lots of past emotions and memories of the family having property vandalised or stolen out here. In the quiet and peaceful countryside. Ha! My thoughts go back to the times when the police have been called out, the struggle of trying to keep things safe. And not succeeding. Somehow I feel violated, sounds drastic but thats how it feels. I decide to go with the 'well I shall document this as part of the project too.' No I won't (because I can't - the land is too dry and it wouldn't be authentic) replace the markers, I'll just leave it as is and let it go....
I could do a whole project on this ONE diary entry!
After picking up the Outlook exhibition I take it to mount it at the Streetlife Museum.
Outlook is launched. Richard finds one the markers on the beach! Letting go sometimes has its rewards if you are lucky, however am not going to try and put it back the same spot. The land is still unbelieveably dry. Such a strange winter and spring this year. Severe and cold and then warm and very dry. Still looking out to see if the other markers go walk about, now that more people are coming this way to get to the beach, the weather is warmer and its not just fishermen braving the extremes the footfall (so to speak) has gome up a gear. If they do, they do...
Now that there are more people I'm noticing more rubbish left at the foot of the cliff ramp. Once again I'm noticing the changes that are being made are being made by us not by nature..
Visit and meet Martin Waters at his exhibition at Triton Gallery, Sledmere, mixture of beach photography and new works. Crops are growing now on the cliff top field.
Sketch books purchased £30.00
Cling film for beach day £4.00
Black bin liners £4.75
Aluminium foil £1.98
I take down some images and some objects to photograph on the beach. The weather turns against me and so have to leave before the heavens open.
Photography workshops start at Streetlife museum as part of Outlook project.
Printable inkject acetate sheets £25.00.
Go down to the beach again this time taking the acetate with me to experiment with the sea, waves and see if the salt will remove the inks. i like the way the bubbles play on the surface of the acetate. Nature takes its revenge and the tide comes in, I no longer have the clear flat sand banks to play with so after a couple of hours I leave.
Slideshow presentation of Outlook workshop photographs, participants come along to see their images on display.
Outlook exhibition comes down.
Go to the beach with three members of the Women into Media group and a friend comes along too. I wrap objects, collect more, the aim to photograph on location and then for display in room F25 at the end of the course. The weather foreshortens the outing, the sunlight had given the best definition to the objects. A bank of cloud and strong north easterly winds come over from the North Sea. We leave after 3 hour.
Now it is time to collect all that I have. Just now beginning to feel like I am getting somewhere with this. These experiments with the acetate and visits to the beach have been much more interactive, different again from the observation mode of documenting from the markers on the cliff top. This and photographing visits to the beach over the winter have been the most interesting in some ways.
Purchase a4 acrylic sheets 5 mm for two book covers? £27.31 Mmm the holes are in the wrong place so won't be able to use for these presentation books.
Cable ties £1.00
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