These images look to be choosen and presented in a random way. Still, they all have something in common : the photos are made on a walk in Scotland and show eat and resting places during the walk. Also the pictures are prestented in a linear way following the timeline of the walk.
While taking this pictures I rarely searched inspiration in the beauty of the natural landscape which surrounded me. Instead I focused on what was nearby by trying to examen the actual spot I had choosen to take a break. The concept to take pictures of every resting place has been a deliberate choice to force myself to look on the landscape with other eyes. By doing this I try to avoid the more common type of landscape photography.
Often the pictures show places or objects with less meaning or value. However within the concept they gain a new meaning and in a strange way they seem to have poetry in them. A poetry I experience as being more personal and intimate.
At the same time the photos want to challenge the spectator to look at a long distance walk in another way ; more from the intimate point of view of the lonely walker, who – beside the beautiful landscape – also encounters the same banality as found at home, the same ‘small landscapes’. Grass, mudd, stones, litter, asphalt, etc.
And finally : travelling and walking is not only being on the move. I put great importance in stops and coming to a halt. Stopping feeds the appetite to walk, and walking gives meaning to the breaks. When I walk, I look forward to stop. When I stop, I look forward to walk. In a way I am always restless.
Scotland, from Portpatrick to Lauder, May 2006
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