Tracks and Mineshafts
Peter Riley

Every faint gesture rebounds on us
leaving a vacant hollow in the world:
possible, unfulfilled acts embedded
in the tissue, growth points too late –
the land is riddled with failed promises
and premature returns.

He picks his way among hollows and craters,
earth funnels of abandoned mineshafts,
bracken fields, rose bushes gone wild,
dry voices ringing in the air
exhortations to labour and be patient –
derelict electricity sheds, tram lines
sunk into gravel, overgrassed courts;

he passes rows of empty cottages, hospice inmates,
boarded-up shops and brick scattered streets,
chapels and hermitages in stony wastes
all empty, sites of reflex impact,
inhabitants blasted to non-entity.


For Amy Cutler

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London’s Olympic Waterscape Exhibit

Posted by Bradley L. Garrett on Monday Jun 7, 2010 Under Cultural Geography, Film, Uncategorized

Last night we put on an exhibit at Royal Holloway, University of London as part of the Creative Campus Initiative linked to the London 2012 Olympics. The exhibit, run by Alison Hess, Ellie Miles, terri moreau, Michael Anton, Amy Cutler and myself was a huge success with far more visitors than we ever could have anticipated! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and to the rest of the team for putting on an amazing show!

The exhibit was broken into 3 parts. In the first, we displayed 10 photographs from Mike Seaborne, a photographer at the Museum of London, depicting the Olympic Waterscapes prior to construction of the stadium site. Opposite these, we displayed a number of photographs from our own journeys (undertaken as a geographic triathlon) up, down and around these waterscapes documenting the changes taking place there.

Finally, we made a 20 minute film about the past, present and future of these olympic waterscapes which I am proud to present for the first time here!

Here are some pictures from the exhibit. All photographs are by Danny Pack.


Please also visit the project website

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