December 20, 2009
The situation is now pretty serious… It is almost Christmas and I don’t have one viable project, never mind two…
So, today I went for a walk on Greenham Common… I wanted to see what nature had done to the former American Airbase and nuclear missile base since it was given back to the people in 1999 – ten years ago. Surprisingly, there is a link with Wales… the first of the Women Peace Campaigners marched to Greenham from Cardiff way back in 1981. The protest started by their group lasted for 19 years!
It is hard to imagine that such a long campaign would be undertaken by anyone nowadays and I am thinking of making pictures around the common and matching them up with comments by and about the women peace campaigners and about the common’s former Cold War life.
I am also thinking about making portraits of women who use the common today… but that might be mixing strategies…
But, does the project have legs?
A second visit – just before the snow set in – produced the following. The light was terrible… Sketches of a project: