These photographs were taken during a walk from Durgan to Falmouth along the South West Coast Path on May Day this year. I owe the photo-journal format idea to rottenindenmark; I’ve wanted to try out for a while and having taken so many photos on this walk I thought it would be as good an opportunity as any. All the pictures have been colour-adjusted to varying degrees (except for the blue sky at the beginning which is seen as it comes) because I wanted to heighten the look of them in keeping with the alternative form and to add a sense of not-quite-real to the piece.
The captions are taken from a poem by Thomas A. Clark. He does all sorts of wonderful work with the Scottish landscape; the poem I borrowed here describes a visit by Clark to the Inner Hebridean Island of Colonsay in April 1987. I am tempted to re-do the whole thing using my own writing (which is kind of the point, I guess, on a creative writing blog) but as a template I liked the idea of using one of Clark’s poems as I felt the statement-stanza format would work quite well. Thoughts or feedback on this? Please comment!
The poem from which the captions were borrowed, ‘Riasg Buidhe’ by Thomas A. Clark, can be read in its entirety on the Scottish Poetry Library website where they also have some other examples of his work. The poem was originally published in Clark’s collection Tormentil and Bleached Bones (Edinburgh: Polygon, 1993).
Thomas A. Clark was born in Greenock, Scotland, and explores the landscapes of the Highlands and Islands in his poetry. He often experiments with form as an expressive tool in his work, exploring ways to utilise the page, the book, or the medium on which the poem is presented to add another dimension to the poem itself. His blog can be found here: http://thomasaclarkblog.blogspot.co.uk/
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