I left Bristol at 06:00am, drove straight down the M5 and got to Land’s End about 10:00am. I paid the £4 to get in the car park, had a walk around, took a couple of pictures, then got straight back in the car (ate a peanut-butter sandwich) and drove back out, and back north to start making pictures - this time on the smaller roads, where you can stop to look at things.
I’d been watching Patrick Keiller films in the last couple of weeks, so today I was photographing standing stones, road signs and SOS phone boxes (amongst other things). It’s always interesting how seeing another artist’s work can open your eyes to seeing such everyday things in a new way - before seeing Keiller’s work I’d never paid any artistic attention to road signs, but once you’ve seen them in a new context, they suddenly all look very strange.
One of the last places I visited was an decommissioned RAF airfield in Davidstow - a quite surreal place that is apparently completely open to the public. I photographed a family who were teaching the kids how to ride motorbikes and a very beautiful group of ponies - they let me walk right up to them with my camera and tripod. I guess they thought I might have had some food.
Tomorrow, I’m driving up via Birmingham towards Leeds - I’ve got a cheap motel booked on the Leeds ringroad for Sunday night.
That will probably be me in the room - “ideas for LEJOG photographs... Some funny, some tragic.”