Walk with a preposition

The artist, Richard Long, makes walking an art form. He documents the walks he takes in words and photographs. He often builds structures or carries stones from place to place, leaving then at points along the way. He once walked from the west to the east coast of England, picking up a stone from the beach at Welcomb Mouth, and placing it down where he picked up the next stone for the next day’s walk, until he threw the last stone into the North Sea at Lowestoft.

His walks are often defined by things he looks for – things that are red, numbers of birds, circles – or by distance, numbers of steps or miles – or features -from river to river, cairn to cairn. 

Try taking a walk defined by a number of steps and one or more prepositions. You could use the same one every time – above, between, nearby – or you could choose a different one from the pack each time. Walk, say, one hundred steps, then stop. Look ‘between’. What do you see? Note it down. The preposition makes you look in a way that you don’t usually look and perhaps in a direction you wouldn’t usually look. Then walk another 100 steps, or you could increase it to 200, and look again. By the time you are back to the beginning you will have a list. If you have a photograph of where you went, you could add that.

To find out more about Richard Long look at his website: http://www.richardlong.org/index.html


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