July In The Saloon: Trail Mix

For this post I’ve been looking at trails, pathways: journeys begun, journeys repeated. Some we don’t see until we’re upon them.

These trails are from the Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara Peninsulas walked during June and July. Some are currently dried stream beds, but we use them when we can. Some, over time, have become roads. We’re hardwired for movement, for finding a way.

Looking down from Healy Pass.

Looking across towards Sugarloaf Mountain and the zig-zag of the Beara-Briefne Way.

Defined by a strimmer.

Almost hidden heading through the heather.

The understated beauty and profound subtlety of a trail.

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My own shelter as the rain lashed down, a brief encounter over the past couple of months.

Stan Mills takes us on the trails of Yellowstone Park. A solo hiker walking through bear and wolf country following well worn trails and when they’re gone following game trails. There’s profound simplicity here.

Yesterday I was out kayaking with a friend, Denis, a sculptor and avid cyclist. After the 7km loop he showed me how he’d used an app to plot our journey. This and similar apps are frequently used by runners and cyclists to plot, record, share routes which leads to others validating and / or adopting these routes. Artists have used these apps to walk, run or cycle routes that draw and image picked out from city streets. The same apps revealed secret US military bases as soldiers went on their downtime runs. In the early days of consumer available GPS (Global Positioning System) one of Denis’ students created art using data points. Tracking and mapping movements has long been utilised as a tool of creation and place by artists.

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Just watched these two episodes, parts 1 & 2, from Second Chance Hiker on the PCT – Pacific Crest Trail, trails are fun.

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.

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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.

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The first soundscape from The B.o.R.e. Saloon.

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The Art of Field Recording, The Dawn Chorus, Silence, Beyond the laws of physics or not, Acoustic Mirrors, and something that happened on Paddy’s day 1899.

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‘Men don’t talk, don’t open up, struggle to express themselves’

Looks at book shelf, goes through record collection, film collection, own paintings and photographs.

Expression and voice have many subtleties, languages and outlets.

And there is so much of it, if we are talking about environments from which we speak. Places with funky people.

Ever feel there are times when there is no one to hear and times when there are many around? The times we have the words and times we don’t, often times, when time itself, gives or takes the time needed? Good times to go make a song, a wall, a garden, a poem, a mess. Get our voice together and signal others.

There is, as far as I can see, a social whack to disorient, hinder and silence expression. To make it as hard as possible, to drive you down another route.

A whole chain of events and conditions stirring the struggle pot.

That is true.

Repeat those whacks on anyone and see cracks appear and people disappear.

That is also true.

There is a concerted social effort to paint this picture. It’s not only towards men.

‘Men don’t talk. Men don’t open up. Men don’t express themselves. Men struggle with these things’.

The environment has changed. Some parts by a little and slowly, while others awkward and fast. How we are attached to those adjusts our adjustments.

We are all involved.

These are not idle claims.

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This painting, ‘Ghost town / Down By Law’ (92x92cm oil on canvas), and four more from myself, another on canvas, two on paper and a photograph, are for sale and shown at Lisheen’s House, Skibbereen.

The exhibition will run from 01 December 2017 to 31 January 2018 Open 10:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Lisheens House can be contacted in relation to the exhibition here and by Twitter and Facebook.

There’s an amazing music lounge. A good place to be alone in company or talk or listen.

There’s also a walk by a river just around the corner.

‘Men do talk. Men do open up. Men do express themselves…

And if we are struggling to find a way through on our own or in the environment we are in, then there a places like Lisheens House.

Open to all.

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Here’s a poem by Stephen James Smith I heard yesterday and I’m going to listen to it again.

Also go check out this podcast by Rubber Bandit: Blindboy Boatclub , there are hugs to be had.

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Tomi Ungerer at 85 going on 86.

Tomi Ungerer is celebrating his 86th birthday today, 28th November, no doubt with a wild abandon and other shenanigans like launching his new website.

Tomi Ungerer was 85 when I made this photo with my Rolleiflex 2.8e and Fujifilm 160s while Tomi signed books after his interview and Q&A session with Sophie Gorman at this years West Cork Literary Festival (16 July 2017).

“You really have to do something to be banned” – Tomi Ungerer, Bantry.

Update: 24 December 2017

Nice to receive and email today and be included in Tomi’s thank you message while going through all the contributions.

See the video here on Tomi’s site