Lucy Jarvis - Walking Home
Lucy Jarvis is currently studying her BA in photography at the University for Creative Arts. In her work she explores psycho-geography, landscape and femininity shooting on medium and large format.
"In an attempt to reconnect with the unknown places surrounding a 90 mile driving route I decided to walk home, consciously following the road route as closely as possible I made the entirety of the journey by foot. The walk, spanning 5 days from my University house in Surrey to my childhood home in Essex would take me through four towns that would be my milestones for the journey and a place to stay."
"In order to consider my relationship with these places I wanted to completely exclude everything that encompass’ my car journey and delve into this incredibly slow walk. I used ordnance survey maps to navigate my whole journey and chose not to use technology that may interfere with my connection to these places. It was particularly important to me to take my photographs on a large format camera to bring the essence of the slow process together resulting in a series of nine photographs that question the relationship I have found within these surrounding places."
"The walk allowed me to connect with these places and form a relationship in a way in which I didn’t know was possible, by walking 90 miles through this familiar but equally un-familiar landscape, every emotion that I felt throughout the walk was experienced within these places. I have created memories and therefore bonded with the land as a result of the exhaustion and pain that I put myself through in order to make the journey home."
"When making my work I shoot solely in film, the natural slow process of the medium is something that I find vitally important to my artistic practice as it becomes more about the creation of an image as opposed to just the taking of a photograph, making my consideration of the context allot more in depth. By primarily working with large format, which is an extremely slow process from start to finish, has helped to inform my practical work and my exploration of the walked journey, why and how we use this to engage and dis-engage from our everyday lives and the act of walking itself. My work, which is highly influenced by that of artists and writers such as Richard Long, Hamish Fulton and Iain Sinclair, uses walking as a tool to create and explore."