The Cork & Kerry Mountains

Sea To Summit – Carrauntoohill and other outings.

My right knee has been a problem for a long time, some days too long, my left knee compensates. This is how our bodies work. I remember clearly the first time I ran the distance of a marathon. And I remember the time I had to stop. So this was always going to be a bit of a challenge.

Robert Macfarlane – “The undiscovered country of nearby” and from photographer Rob Hudson: “During my whole life as a landscape photographer I’ve rarely stretched beyond 30 miles from home… the power of the local environment resides not in how near it is to us, but in how close we are to it… it is the repeated visits that provide the insights, and the new ways of seeing and saying that I crave.”

Turns out, Carrauntoohill is, in walking time, a twenty four hour walk from here, 92.5 km / 57.5 miles. Longest walk I’ve done to date is 72 km / 45 miles London to Brighton, fifteen hours walking time, I stopped every three hours for a half hour break. I took the train back.

Is a two day walk considered ‘undiscovered country of nearby’?

Carrying what I need, to get by or at worse, survive a few hours, to work, to keep moving. The rolling stone, the swagman, the wanderer, the refugee, the pilgrim, the day tripper, the long distance runner.

One foot in front of the other, not a stride, but a shuffle.

Trails made by thousands before us, some of those become roads and boreens.

Beaten tracks.

A walk in the park for some, an adventure for others, chalk it down or tick it off a list, part of a training or fitness regime for others.

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The ‘extremes’ of weather, storms and surges revealing shipwrecks and sunken forests, the dry spell we’ve had revealing this.

Sunset over Beara from the Mizen Peninsula.

A days later we went over to Beara and camped on a hillside looking back this way. This next iPhone photo was taken at the Dzogchen Beara look back to the day before.

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And got this view of the Skelligs on the way up to Knockoura, via Alihees.

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There’s also the report of an earthquake in Mexico revealing a great pyramid structure beneath an know and studied pyramid. A global lost and found.

The Butter Road

While supermarkets are individually wrapping pastries in plastic, I walked past a boat on a hill side.

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The clear water at my favourite ocean swimming spot. There was a time I would come here alone or with the dogs and go diving.

The Black Valley

Cover Photo: From Barley Lake, Glengariff.

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It took a little a week for my right knee to recover from climbing Carrauntoohill, and by recover I mean return to it’s daily ache.

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The Interference

I thought these photos were lost for good. It wasn’t a good feeling. I was beginning to accept it.

New soundscape / video ‘The Interference’ will be released in The B.o.R.e. Saloon 31 March 2018.

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A sequenced 60+ photos, a portrait, made the dawn after a twelve hour tête-à-tête, on the 11 / 11 / 07, with the legendary Fergus O’Farrell / Interference with a new soundscape, built from field recordings.

Three years ago I thought these photos were lost for good when an OS update locked me out of an encrypted hard drive. I thought the drive had been corrupted.

The B.o.R.e. Saloon this way.

There’sa post up now with a more on these photos.

‘The Interference’ will be released in The B.o.R.e. Saloon 31 March 2018.

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The Bench & Other Tales

February I was on the road a good bit.

February also ended with an unusual, for here, covering of snow.

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After I released a soundscape piece and other releated tales of how it came about, the places I visited, I welcomed new visitors to The B.o.R.e. Saloon blog. Great to have a few new visitors. Thank you.

Inside there’s a free download of the sound piece. Or listen to it with a simple video piece. There are drawings, photographs and an introduction to a new painting in progess – The Dawn Portrait (a work in progress). Sign up and get access here (see final welcome email).

There’s also a sketch I made while listening to the radio and the two cyanotypes I made under the winter sun dodging rain and storms.

One of the cyanotypes will feature in in the closing credits of a new documentary – Something Left Behind: The Wedding Present due for release later this year.

February was a good month foraging and collecting sounds, photos and words.

Slowly, slowly.

The snow, The Beast From The East, was an added feast.

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I aslo managed to catch and photograph some great gigs, This Is The Kit, Anna Mitchell, INNI-K, for The Thin Air Magazine go check them out live or get hold of their albums via the usual channels.

The Bench.

The Bench is finding it’s way in to being a new piece of work. It’s on one of my walks.

May be it’s nothing more than that for now, a place to visit, a place to stop and watch the sun rise or take a nap. You can visit Ballydehob and check it out for yourself.  It might be nothing or it might be what it, The Bench, the setting, suggests.

So far I’ve made some photos at different times of the day. I’m just going to put them up in The B.o.R.e. Saloon see what comes out. It’s where I was sitting one morning thinking about Photoperiodism, photoperiodism being the response of an organism to seasonal changes in day length.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jason Lee.

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New Book – The Collection: Cork University Hospital Art Collection

The Collection: Cork University Hospital Art Collection

Available to order now.

Last week I received my copy of The Collection: Art Donated To Cork University Hospital. My painting Volume V, part of the original 70 art works, now at 260 and growing, donated to the collection in 1998, is included.

It’s on page 87 by the way, and it’s nice to get an mention in the introduction alongside Amanda Coogan.

“The art works provide solace and comfort to many patients and visitors in the hospital and this catalogue is an important record of these art works” – J.A. McNamara, CEO of CUH.

The Collection book was launched by actor Jeremy Irons back in August 2017.

“The Hospital believes in the importance of art for the well-being of all our patients. The underlying significance of this collection is a belief in the healing power of art and the ability to improve the experience of people attending the hospital, especially to those going through great stress and personal crisis.”Hotpress Magazine

The Collection includes work by Katherine Boucher Beug, Dorothy Cross, William Crozier, John Minihan, Sarah Walker, Sean Keating and more.

Order your copy here now.

At first my painting, Volume V, was hanging down by the X-Ray department. Later I heard it had been moved up to the ‘Psyche’ Department. It’s three and a half foot (width) by four and a half foot (height) and contains a homage to Degas’, and as my old friend Jim called her ‘Tra La La At The Circus’.

You’ll find it.In the halls or in the book.

Did you order a copy or two yet?

My copy took just over a week to arrive, with great quality  reproductions and work putting this together by the team.
In other news:

I’ve been invited to contribute to an exhibition coming soon.

More details and invitations will be sent out via my new Based On Real Events mailing list which has a bonus for the First 50 to sign-up. See below.

Please feel free to share this with friends who may be interested in The Collection Book, or my work.

Thank You
Jason Lee