Peter Day

Walk to Work

In April 2004 I began to image a series of walks, which record the distance from my home on foot to the place where I work (one way- to work). It is a journey of approximately 20 minutes and I documented 32 such journeys of approximately 80-100 images each. This translates into approximately 4-5 images taken, per minute travelled. In this project I am interested in conveying this movement and the visual dynamic of my Walk to Work created by spontaneous shutter clicks. I have described this style of image making as impulse photography and it recognises Barthes notion that cameras were ‘clocks for seeing’.

Each journey is documented through these images, which are created without looking through the viewfinder and without altering any settings on an automatic digital camera. It (the camera) takes the pictures, which choreograph the rhythm of each walk metronomically in terms of number, machine and pace. I wanted to create visual records of the ‘subconscious’ aspect of walking and making images - passing people, buildings, streets on a daily basis but without recognition, simply getting to work. The camera is fired on impulse (indeed I refer to this as impulse photography) at various stages on the journey and without technique, and as a subconscious act. The project aim was to find the subconscious of image making and that of the camera mechanism itself. I am convinced that through the vernacular of photography the camera has a conscious.

In previous works like Invisible Boundaries (2002)’ and Drift Objects (2003) I had become interested in collections of images and specifically with location and the banal/everyday within these locations. I would see Walk to Work as a digital collection or memory of these walks.

In Momentum-Walk to Work
Galleri Paradis, Bornholm, Denmark.  Summer 2005

Bank St Gallery, Kirrimuir, Scotland Aug 2005