Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The remote edges #2

This is the other side of Firth wood that I didn't photograph in the previous selection of 'Remote Edges' photos. It isn't as beautiful as the top of Firth Wood, but it is nevertheless fascinating and wonderful to look at. I'm taking it easy with this project of photographing all the 'remote edges'; I am going to gradually take these photographs until I eventually have nothing more to take. Considering the amounts of woods, parks and countryside around this side of Dronfield, this will last for a very long time - maybe even two or three years! :)


Jenny said...

That looks a beautiful wood, I can't believe no one goes there!

I would like to go to my woods but I am scared of being raped and brutally murdered.

Doug said...


One day we shall go mushroom hunting.

Tobi said...

It looks beautiful there.
I really like the pictures in which you used the flash. The effect it gives is almost surreal.
Have you ever been there at night?
It looks like it would be such a tranquil place.

Simon King said...

Jenny: You should try to pursue activities which may seem challenging and threatening, or otherwise you will never progress! If you block out the fears you have, this will result in experiences which are very rewarding.

Doug: I have no interest in mushrooms, but ok. :)

You will have to come with me to the valley I like, though. :p

Tobi: The use of flash wasn't intentional, the camera I have automatically used it for some reason. :) But I agree, it results in something very special.

I have been there several times at night. One time I sat at the bench at the top of the wood and, illuminated by my father's laptop, I read and wrote until the sun came out. :)

Doug said...


Why no interest in mushrooms?

We had rain last night and they've sprung up all over my back garden. Very exciting. I think the apple tree is dying though. That is why they're so abundant back there... they feed off its dead tree-matter.

Also, your thoughts on Iannis Xenakis when you get the chance.

Simon King said...

I don't like the taste of them, neither is their appearance in the slightest bit appealing. You will have to accept my reluctance at liking them in the same way I accept your lack of interest in some of the subjects I like: ways we perceive mental health, distortion of reality, etc.

Iannis Xenakis has been one of my favourite composers for about 2 years. 'Metastasis' stands out as a monumental piece, one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. I like his chamber music and percussion works especially, however. I think that he throws the rule-book out of the window more than any other composer; he starts from scratch within a new, preconceived framework that no-one else can emulate.

Doug said...

Aye, Metastasis is fucking awesome.

I've been listening to his chamber music for strings/piano this week. Some of which is very cool (three big solo piano pieces, the first two string quartets, the piano quintet, the violin/piano duo, the solo cello pieces)... but a few of I them I do find to be weak in comparison with his orchestral works.

And thats fine about the mushrooms. WAs just wondering why.

ps. I definitely appreciate the whole distortions of reality thing.