This post is the first in a series that was originally to be called a ‘Study in Scarlet’. Both titles are appropriate given where Albion finds herself this 20th day of October, 2019. Balm is given by way of some altered photographs of East Yorkshire and East Lancashire letter nonsense.
Hige sceal þē heardra, heorte þē cēnre,
mōd sceal þē māre, þē ūre mægen lytlað.
In a curveball that maybe typifies this topsy-turvy time, the featured image has very little to do with Albion at all. Its origins are Estonian, but its provenance is unknown.
A photograph of a photocopy on red A3 paper of a photocopy hanging on a wall (during an exhibition about England), of a photograph of a collection of roof slates in Rising Bridge, East Lancashire. The Curator took this in 1999 whilst walking with friends. The day was a wet one.
A photograph of a photocopy on red A3 paper of an amalgamation of receipts (one for a cow costume on the Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne), business cards, press clippings and a pen and ink drawing by the Curator. The Curator’s life in the 1990s – and for small periods in the early 2000s was barren. He needed to pass the time somehow. If that meant a sojourn in Belgium, so be it.
A photograph of a photocopy on red A3 paper of a superimposed photocopy of a photograph of a briar hedge near Bridlington, East Yorkshire . The Curator travelled a lot in a company car in 1998. Clandestine activities such as photographing hedges was his release.