March 2016 Assessment Results

I am pleased to report that I have passed the Photography 2 Documentary Course with a score of 63%. My Formal Assessment Report is pasted here:

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I am pleased with this report but although I have made good progress during the course I still need to work on my creativity. I think I need to find out more about “risk taking” and imaginative outcomes. These are issues that seem to come up at every assessment.

Assignment 6 – Preparing for assessment – 05/01/2016

I have re-read the Tutor Reports for Assignments 1-5 and detailed  below the the changes I have made in response to my tutor’s comments. The Dropbox links to each Assignment that I have modified are found below.

Assignment 1: Local communities I made a note of my tutor’s comment about submitting notes with the prints. If I decide to submit the prints for assessment rather than uploading the files, I will include the notes from my learning log. I decided not to reprint this assignment.

Assignment 2: Single image narratives I re-photographed the WW2 Graffiti image as the original was shot with ambient light and somewhat blurred. At the time I only had direct on-camera flash and the wall is protected behind perspex. I returned with a speedlight that allowed me to bounce flash off the ceiling. I increased the contrast and adjusted the colour balance during post processing. The Memorial Seat Old Portsmouth and Charles Leonard 1904 – 1984 images have been reprocessed. Guildhall Square image has been cropped and I have changed the order of the Memorial Seat Image  to that suggested by my tutor,  grouped with the personal/civilian memorials. The original brief was to display the series on a web page. The link for the first submission to my tutor is here:

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=28E9D23355ECCCDC%2115744&cid=28E9D23355ECCCDC

 In line with the modified submission guidelines for assessment, I have produced a PDF document to  submit electronically.

Dropbox Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/67gk7ynf5g6ncwn/Assgnt02.pdf?dl=0

Assignment 3: Visual storytelling I continued to shoot and edit this assignment after I received my tutor’s feedback. I also showed the assignment to the Thames Valley Study group with tutor Jesse Alexander and received valuable insights from him and my fellow students. In summary, I edited to restrict the story to Kelly’s home life, performance and studio work. I attended another studio session and shot some more images with her producer bearing in mind my tutor’s comments about showing Kelly’s interactions. A comment was made at the TV study group questioning my use of captions and if they were really necessary. My response was to remove them. I had to draw a line under this ongoing story which I did in August with a picture of Kelly celebrating the release of her first single.

I have gone back to my blog and rewritten  my reflections on this assignment which respond to the new edit and my tutor’s comments on what is expected when reflecting on the assessment criteria. I must say that I find it very difficult to run the check list so I have summarised what I think I have done to makes the project work.

Dropbox Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nxfzazkcxw4uyn1/Assgnt03.pdf?dl=0

Assignment 4: Critical review While my tutor gave me useful guidance on how my review could  be improved I only changed a couple of things related to the layout, checked my paraphrasing and citations and added some more references to the bibliography. Had I started to change the breadth and scope of the essay, I would have ended up rewriting the whole thing. I think it was a good first effort and the feedback will help me when I come to write my next review/essay.

Dropbox Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgwg41yi0ju47tq/Assgnt04-v1.2.docx?dl=0

Assignment 5: Personal Project I light of my tutor’s comments and those of my fellow students from the TV study Group, I decided to simplify the scope of  the project to my personal recollections and leave out written references to my families historical associations with the sites photographed. I have included quotes from “Down Outings” where my route coincided with a particular visit (i.e. 9th September 1956). There is probably a whole project on each of the branches of my family tree. I have also changed the first three images to give more interest. I adjusted the tone of the Sidlesham Quay image (the Sea Purslane does have a bluish tone to it and is covered at high tide, receiving a greyish film of  sediment). Goosehill Camp is very difficult to find and to photograph because the earthwork is overgrown with yews. The image required a very long exposure on a dull overcast day. I chose this one for its dark and mysterious feel.

The hand made book is coming along well although not without some difficulties. I am currently working on an A4 landscape version. The difficulties have involved the weight of paper and the strength of the glue binding single sheets to the spine. I am hoping that the latest version of the binding will hold the pages together. In case it doesn’t, I am also preparing an A5 version with folded, thread bound pages which will definitely hold together. Unfortunately I am restricted to printing at A3 so a folded A4 version in landscape is not possible.

Dropbox Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0lktphuavwxdgcx/Assgnt05.pdf?dl=0

Note added 18 January 2016: The A4 version of the book, although stronger has started to come apart so I have produced the A5 version detailed above for submission. I also chose a lighter weight paper (210g as opposed to 290g) although this was only available  in matte finish. Bookbinding is a difficult skill to master and takes practice. The latest version is an improvement on my first effort and although not perfect, I think I have achieved  my goal of making something reminiscent of our original ‘Down Outings’ journal.

Assignment 5–Final Edit

UPDATE 23/12/15

I printed out the pages of my book. I was happy with the images but the text was, as my fellow students had pointed out, still too confusing. I decided to restrict references to my family history to extracts from “Down Outings” and rely on the images and a caption to carry the story of my walk.

I have reprinted the pages and will continue with the “Perfect” binding method for gluing the spine of single sheets

I will present the book in PDF format and as a physical object for assessment.

Assignment 5 – thoughts on the narrative of my journey –12/12/15

There has been some response to my request for feedback from the Thames Valley Group. John Umney and Carol Street have kindly made some comments on the group’s Facebook page.  I have copied John’s here: (Carol made much the same points)

 Richard, I’ve enjoyed following this project and talking to you about it, my thoughts are: The text in the introduction contain typo’s and the alignment perhaps needs attention to make it easier to read/flow. I know it is tempting to fill the page with an image, but are you sure that is helpful in conveying what it is you want to communicate – the images look technically very accomplished. There appears to be a mix of personal and historical commentaries that are associated with the images – I found that confusing and not helpful. My view is to keep the historical and let the viewer conjure their own narrative from the images and text. I like the ‘drawn’ effect of the map and how its size (large) emphasises its importance both as a journey and as a locus for the narrative. You may know this work by Michal Iwanowski http://www.michaliwanowski.com/clear-of-people/4577315405 but whilst Michal’s journey has a different underpinning I think there is much to consider in relation to your project here. And one last thing, I wonder if there are too many narratives here? You, your father, your grandfather, your uncle?? I think the project has a lot of potential, as I’ve said before and I look forward to seeing where it goes.

It seems that John and my tutor are both confused by my narratives. I have identified this as  the most significant change that I have to make before printing and assembling the book. As the journey was borne out of my family connections along the route, I decided to try and clarify this by providing fuller explanations of the relationship of each member of my family to a particular photograph, clarifying where there is both a personal and historical connection.I have also looked again at the fonts I’ve been using and now have clear distinction between my texts and scanned and pasted texts.

Following on from my Tutor’s comments on the first three prints, I have replaced these with prints that have more interest. I’m hoping these will work better with improved captions.

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Assignment 5–Personal Project– Notes and Tutor Feedback. 07/12/15

A link to the Project pdf (as submitted) is available in my Dropbox folder here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/at9vxs5lhzrk7v4/Assgnt05_R%20Down_506896.pdf?dl=0

Unfortunately Dropbox doesn’t display the pdf as a two page layout. The page below each of the photographs provides the context. I am planning to make changes to reflect my tutor’s comments.  Meanwhile, as suggested by my tutor, I am asking the Thames Valley Group to comment (either here or through the TV Group Facebook page) and I will bring the finished book to the Group meeting in January. 

My initial response to my tutor –  04/12/15 :

Hi Derek,

Just a quick update. I have now had a chance to look at your feedback with the images in front of me and I will work on the points you mention. I’ll think about substituting a couple of the weaker images if I can, and include a little more text by way of explanation where required. All of my other assignments are more or less as I would like them so I would expect to meet the deadline of 12th January.

My Tutor’s report is below:

Overall Comments

The overall concept is excellent: as the Personal project this does, to quote the Ronseal advert, exactly what it says on the tin! The format of image reflected against original extracts from the Down Outings and the contemporary narrative of your visits ties the individual elements into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

In the text of your log I can see snippets that might bring the images to life a little more, e.g. the archaeological links with the area – the barrow is possibly an example. Is there something in the Down Outings journal that illustrates these connections – that you could pull quotes from perhaps – as on pages 17 & 19, or your personal reminiscences such as on page 25?

I can’t see the connection on the first page between the extract from the census (is it a census?) and the location. Malta is noted in this document, but only introduced on the next page. That page mentions James as if we’re following his life, yet he is only name-checked in the introduction – is he connected to Whitehill? Run the book past other people (the OCA group for example) to see what they make of it.

I agree that leaving some elements as mysterious, to provoke questions, is better than itemising every detail, but there needs to be a careful balance established, especially at the start. It left me confused (okay, that’s not difficult!) until I got to the 4th image and saw the integration there.

Feedback on assignment

The first three images don’t have the impact of later ones: a combination of framing, camera position, lighting and choices around inclusion or exclusion of details determine, in part, the visual style that comes across as your personal style. This is something that connects images together, just as much as the linear path and the narrative. The image of Torberry Hill uses physical distance to place it within the landscape – to show us that upturned spoon – and this context combines with the lighting to make a ‘lump’ into a subject.

The churchyard shot is also clearly carefully framed and the lighting enhances this framing. Symbolically, the empty bench speaks volumes. The first three shots don’t have this impact for me. This is of course one of the inherent problems of following a route – the order of images is fixed and, to a lesser extent, so are the locations. Normally in photographic books you’d choose the opening image as the one with the most intrigue and impact. That choice is limited here by the location of the first significant point(s).

Technical and visual skills

The majority of the images are excellent: see for my comments on light and composition/framing for images 1-3 above. The image on p 31 is quite blue: shifting towards yellow will also bring out the foliage, which is dark compared to the rest of the image. The image on page 14 seems to lack the contrast that would turn it into a natural frame (as on p20 and p24).

Quality of Outcome

The book format works very well. I can see how the integration of historical extracts (Whether Victorian or 1950s), your images with captions and the route line form an excellent mixture of your personal history, your ancestors’ history and the walk/photographs.

Demonstration of creativity

This is evident in the images, particularly on pages 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 24. The main evidence of creativity is in the concept and it’s execution, which creates several layers of history and layers of meaning to each pair of pages.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

The log is coming along very well. It is great to see that you are bouncing ideas off other students, as this will help both you (and them): not only in resolving your thoughts and ideas for your own work, but in seeing how others can resolve theirs.

Suggested reading/viewing

I recommend reading ‘Dialogue with Photography’ by Paul Hill & Thomas Cooper, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport (2014 is latest edition, but earlier ones are equally good): interviews with photographers to see what goes on behind the camera.

I also recommend reading ‘On Being a Photographer: a Practical Guide’ by David Hurn and Bill Jay, LensWork Publishing, Portland (2007). This book is more about a photographer’s approach, attitude and their mind-set, rather than technicalities (as the title might suggest). There is a free copy (PDF) here:

http://www.purbecku3a.org.uk/PHOTOGRAPHY/On%20Being%20a%20Photographer.pdf

Pointers for the next assignment

If you rework any assignments, post them to your blog and let me know. Likewise, when you’ve started preparations on your images and text for assessment, get in touch. Then we can talk about any updates and the submission format, structure, etc. I’ll write a report to summarise what we’ve covered in our conversation. This will constitute the 6th feedback.

Derek Trillo

14/11/15

Assignment 5–Final Edit and background information–3/11/15

I have edited the essay down to 15 images, my theme has returned to the walk and I have made ‘Walking Home’ into an update of ‘Down Outings’, selecting the images that mean the most to me and captioning them with scanned original documentation where relevant. I have left them deliberately vague to encourage the viewer to think about what is shown and to interpret them in parallel with their own experiences of immersion in the landscape.

At the moment the essay exists only as a PDF document but once I receive my tutor’s feedback, I will work on printing it and turning it into a handmade book for Assessment . An example of the layout is shown below. A caption page to the right of the image provides context.

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I have incorporated Richard Long’s idea of walking a line, my human attachment to the landscape and reinforced it with the physical act of walking through it and recalling my connection with it.

As well as research into the work of Richard Long, I found a paper on-line, written by Ken Taylor from the Research School of Humanities, ANU, Canberra. The paper is called ‘Landscape and Memory’ and I was interested to read this:

“One of our deepest needs is for a sense of identity and belonging and a common denominator in this is human attachment to landscape and how we find identity in landscape and place. Landscape, therefore is not simply what we see but a way of seeing: we see it with our eye but interpret it with our mind and ascribe values to landscape for intangible – spiritual – reasons. Landscape can therefore be seen  as a cultural construct in which our sense of place and memories inhere.”

http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/mow/mow_3rd_international_conference_ken_taylor_en.pdf

Taylor is writing about cultural constructs in this paper – my essay is a personal construct. In my presentation of the context, I have reduced the journey from a complex logistical  and physical exercise, to a single line with a start and end point and an indicator showing where each image occurs. It is a linear record in topography but a complex thread in chronology ranging from 1881 to 1960 and the present day, crisscrossing the physical line.

Assignment 5 – Progress with research to date 18/10/15

With the walk behind me, I am acting on the suggestion of the OCA TV group and recording each section of the walk in my learning log. I was walking with my friend Angie Lardner who kept me moving rather than letting me take too many photographs. I also found that two pairs of eyes enabled us to see what the other missed. These notes are recording my thoughts and feelings at being in the landscape that is part of my family history. The photographs I did take were mainly for reference. I will return to retake some when the conditions and viewpoints are optimal. The hardest task will be to take this account and extract from it a simple, understandable and interesting photo essay.

Wednesday 23 September 2015 – Bordon, Hampshire to South Harting, West Sussex

This section of the walk takes me from my present home where I have lived over a period of 29 years, first for 6 years and again for 13 years since 2002. During my first stay, I learned from my Aunt, (my Dad’s oldest sister) that my Grandparents lived in Bordon and my Aunt was born in Whitehill. Subsequent research into James Down’s Army record confirmed this and he served at Longmoor Camp. My Aunt was born on 5th  January 1907. Although the record shows that she was born in Bordon, at that time the camps at Bordon and Longmoor were quite primitive so it is likely that as expectant parents, my grandparents may have been billeted with civilians in Whitehill. A lot has changed in the village since 1907 but one thing that was certainly there was the Bronze Age round Barrow, now surrounded by houses, the main road and the village hall. 

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Also at this time, 2nd Corporal James Down was re-engaged to serve 21 years with the colours, his record being annotated and signed by the Captain OC 8 Railway Co Royal Engineers at Longmoor. The Woolmer Instructional Railway which was being built by the Engineers at Longmoor was a 9 mile loop of track and marshalling yards built to train soldiers in the use of a railway for supplies and troop movements on campaigns.

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The track bed survives and serves as an access road to the Longmoor Ranges and is used regularly by military vehicles and civilians for walking and cycling. Once we had walked the main road down to Whitehill we turned east  on the track towards a pedestrian bridge to take us across the A3 and onto the public bridleway over Weaver’s Down. All of the landscapes in this area are heathlands, conifer and silver birch with heathers, gorse and broom. The soil is light and sandy, not supporting much more than permanent pasture where it has been claimed for agriculture. South of Weaver’s Down the OS map tells me that the line of the Roman Road  from Chichester to Silchester crosses our path.

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The line of this road has been extrapolated from ariel surveys carried out in 1949 and evidence of earthworks on the ground. Interestingly, the main road in the centre of Longmoor Camp follows the line of the road and in several places, my route follows the line closely. Archaeological excavations that my father carried out on Roman Villas on the West Dean Estate  in the Chilgrove Valley re-enforce  my  close family connection to this route.

Passing the edge of  the Military training area as we walked south, we joined the Sussex Border Path, crossed the main Portsmouth – Waterloo railway line and walked into Rake, crossing the old A3 route, identifying an old milepost, upon which we could only identify the the numerals 17.

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Looking at the map and tracing the old A3 route south-west is the approximate distance  in miles to Portsmouth. At this point, the old Roman road lies just under 2 miles (3km) away to the east. Continuing south below a wooded escarpment, still following the border path between Sussex and Hampshire, we crossed another main route, the A272 at Durleighmarsh and at Wenham Common crossed the now dismantled Petersfield to Midhurst Railway line which operated between 1864 and 1955. Turning away from the Border Path at West Harting we came to the tree clad north side of Torberry Hill. The land here is in private hands with no public access granted by the landowners, Buriton Estates so it was not possible to visit the site of the 1958 excavations at the Iron Age Hill Fort that were the start of  our family association with the archaeology of West Sussex. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torberry_Hill

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During the summer of 1958, my parents, sister and I camped on the hill and helped with the excavations. I can recall that this dig also extended into the autumn and I spent several Sundays with my father on the hill. My abiding memory was sitting on the steep southern slope looking over the village church at South Harting, whistling loudly to hear the echo around the valley. My love of the Downs probably started at this time. Being brought up on the coastal plain, hills were a novelty but always in the background. From my bedroom window I could see Trundle Hill with its three masts looking like cricket stumps. It seemed so remote but was in fact, only 10 miles away.

We passed to the east of the hill on the lane and then crossed fields towards Church Farm and rested in the churchyard with a cup of tea before driving home. There are several folk tales associated with Torberry Hill. It is said to  be formed from the the Devil’s spoon which he cast aside in anger when he burned his lips while tasting hot punch from the Devil’s Punchbowl. Rumours of buried treasure on the hill have given rise to rhymes which state:

“Who knows what Tarberry would bear,

Would plough it with a golden share”

Perhaps this is linked with the activities of fairies who reputedly dance there on Midsummer Eve.

Thursday 24 September 2015 – South Harting to Lavant

Todays walk started with a climb to the top of Harting Down, overlooking Torberry Hill  to the north. We made our way through woodland to the south, skirting the Uppark estate and on to Apple Down.

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This was another significant site for my father and his team of archaeologists from 1982 – 87. Topped by a small reservoir at a height of 174 metres, it is an unremarkable hill but the remains of two Saxon Cemeteries  were found on it’s northern slope and provided a valuable historical insight into the social structure of late Romano British and early Saxon society. From the top of Apple Down to the south west a view of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight opened up as we made our way to the to the small church at Up Marden dedicated to St Michael.

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We took a tea break here on a bench in the churchyard where my father chose to have his ashes buried. A commemoration stone on the wall marks the spot.

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From Up Marden, our path took us down the face of the chalk escarpment, through trees and across meadows through a herd of Galloway cattle to the village of East Marden. Climbing up another escarpment, East Marden Hill which quickly becomes the long crescent shaped Bow Hill and runs north/south along the Chilgrove Valley terminating at Kingley Vale. I’m not sure if the hill is named for its shape or because of its groves of Yew trees which would have provided the wood for the longbows of the English archers in times past. Past Bow Hill farm the vistas open up and the forestry plantations on Whitedown and Warren hanger can be seen to the east.

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From this point, we walk into the  woodland of Blackbush copse and the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve. This is another area that we frequently visited as children with my parents. At Goose Hill Camp, another Iron Age Hill Fort on the side of Bow Hill, my father’s pre-war interest in Archaeology was revived when he joined the Excavation team of J R Boyden in 1955 as a volunteer. I tried to find the earthworks and ditches but as they are covered by low growing yews and undergrowth, I was not successful on this occasion but did find them and photograph them later.

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Below Goose Hill Camp, alongside the B2141 lies the remains of a Roman Villa which my father excavated over an extended period from 1963 along with another site to the north east alongside Hylter’s Lane.

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A brief stop was made for lunch at a point on the path that afforded views to the south and east  over Lavant, Goodwood, Chichester and the coast at Bognor Regis. I’m sure when we were young the undergrowth and the trees at the southern end of hill were short enough for us to sit and picnic on the slope and take in the view while sitting down.  We quickly reached the trig point on Bow Hill (206 m) and shortly after a round barrow and the two large burial mounds known as the Devils Humps.

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Rather than take the steep slope down into Kingley Vale we skirted around Stoke Down taking the farm track which led us past the information centre for  the National Nature Reserve, across the end of  the Chilgrove Valley with a view of Bow Hill, to the B2141 at Welldown Farm.

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Crossing over to Binderton Lane, we made our way past Binderton House, across the A286 onto the track bed of the former Chichester to Midhurst railway line now known as the Centurion Way.

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This line was opened in 1881 and operated with passengers until 1935 and goods only until 1951 when a section of the embankment south of Midhurst was washed away causing a crash which closed the Cocking to Midhurst section. The line operated between Chichester and Cocking for two more years but terminated in Lavant in 1953. This was a general goods line until 1968 and served as a transport for sugar beet and then the Lavant Gravel pit until 1991. The Centurion Way was opened in 2003.

The track bed has been built over for a short section. The trail passes through a housing estate until the site of the former station next to the bridge over the A286. It then continues to Chichester Westgate. At the railway bridge, we found a footpath into the village and ended our walk in Lavant.

Friday 2 October –  Lavant to Rose Green, Bognor Regis via Sidlesham Quay

Today’s walk was a solo effort. Angie had a game of golf waiting. I left the car in Lavant and walk along the Centurion way into Chichester. On the way I passed under the bridge which carries Brandy Hole Lane across the track.

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This was very close to my maternal grandparent’s home in Summersdale and I can recall we often used to walk from The Broadway along this lane as a child. I can remember we always looked over the parapet of the bridge and I think I can remember seeing a train passing at least once.

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Very close to the copse here is an earthwork, possibly Iron age in origin where we used ride our bikes up and down the steep banks. There are several memorable places in this area that I will return to photograph, including my grandparent’s house and the Rousillion Barracks Guardhouse.

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It is at this barracks that my other grandfather James Down, transferred from the East Kent Regiment to the Royal Engineers in 1898. The walk into Chichester, mostly in a cutting with trees, ends when the Centurion Way reaches Westgate by the Bishop Luffa School playing fields. From here it is a quick walk eastwards into the city where my memories are full of the sites that my father excavated over his career lasting many decades. It is unfortunate that as a teenager, I took very little interest in them although my sister and I were very often ‘conscripted’ to help, usually on a Sunday and not willingly. My plan was always to offer to wash the volunteer’s cars, making some pocket money, and when that job was finished, I would go off and explore the city, which in the late 50’s and early 60’s was very quiet. (long before Sunday Trading)

As I walked towards the Westgate, I passed the Old Tannery, where I believe the Archaeological Unit was housed at one time. During the late seventies my father stopped being a volunteer and became the Director of Archaeology for Chichester. All of my experiences were very early on and as I made my way into the city I was recalling the places where I had worked with him. The Theological College Garden, The Bishops Palace Garden, Gough’s Art shop, Morant’s Department store, David Grieg’s; all were places that, in the process of redevelopment left exposed ground which had to be excavated before building work could continue. Again, I shall return to city later to see how I can interpret this idea. I did take a quick tour of the Bishops’ Palace Garden which is open to the public.

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It affords a good view of the cathedral. From here, I followed the  course of the River Lavant and the line of the Roman Walls to Southgate, stopped to photograph the Chichester Court building (father was also a JP and sat on the district bench of the Magistrates Court for many years) but my main reason for photographing here was the memory of the day that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared in court on drugs charges.

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I was supposed to be on day release at Chichester College but a friend and I decided to queue for a seat in the public gallery. Unfortunately, the queue was longer than the space available so I cannot claim to have been in court to see the proceedings.

My route now took me across the railway line (over the footbridge where on one of my Sunday jaunts, I used to stand and watch the trains pass, hoping to see one of the few steam trains running on the Southern Railway).

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This next section of the walk was alongside the Canal Basin and on the towpath of the Chichester Ship Canal to Hunston. Another branch of my family, my mother’s Grandfather Edward Frogbrook was a seaman from nearby Bosham. During an internet search a few years ago, I found his name on a ship’s list for the port of Shoreham. In 1881, at the age of 17,  he was an Ordinary Seaman on board “Forager of Portsmouth”. A subsequent search of the library aboard the Dutch Schooner “Oosterschelde” revealed a book about coastal schooners in which “Forager” was mentioned as a coal carrier which carried coal to Chichester. Alongside the canal basin, up until the late sixties, there was a gas works. It is likely that  Great Granddad Ned was a frequent traveller on the canal which links Chichester Harbour with the city.

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I can remember  walking the towpath from Chichester to Birdham on a hike with a school friend. This was unusual because usually, we cycled everywhere. This must have been one of my first ever self planned walks.

This section of the towpath is only about 2 Km and I was soon at Hunston on the B2145 Selsey Road for a short section and turned left onto a lane leading to the church, Church Farm and the Manor House. From here the lane became a footpath, leading across flat agricultural land to South Mundham. This area is well known for growing vegetable crops on the rich clay soils of the coastal plain. I walked through the remains of a crop of courgettes on my way to Fishers Farm.

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The day was cool and bright with a low sun which made very pleasant walk. At other times, this can be a very bleak and windswept place. As a family, we often cycled the 6 miles between Chichester  and Rose Green. In the winter, the final section between Lagness and Sefter Farm off the B2166, was always hard work being buffeted by the SW wind.  There were not many people about but I did chat to some dog walkers on my way and saw some mini buses parked in a field of sweet corn. The harvesters were invisible. I had chosen to include Sidlesham Quay on my walk because this area was home to my maternal grandfather’s family who were included in my Assignment 2 on Remembering. As a family we also visited Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve and sometime made the journey around the harbour edge to Sidlesham Quay and visited one of my Mum’s uncles (Uncle Sam I think) who lived nearby.

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The path to Sidlesham Quay was straightforward enough. Past Honer Farm, the land use changed to rough pasture. This part is low lying and quite wet. Pagham Harbour is now silted up and the Quay at Sidlesham has long been out of use. The Nature Reserve preserves the unique saltmarsh habitat and is an RSPB reserve. As a sixth former I undertook an environmental project on the harbour’s shingle bank for my A Level in Biology.

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When I reached the Quay, I sat for a while to eat lunch and then took the rather wet and muddy path around the edge of the saltmarsh to the Pagham Wall, a sea defence which protects the land around the Pagham Rife from the sea.

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There were more people here, quite a lot of birdwatchers and photographers. At the end of the wall, I turned inland again towards Nyetimber, across the fields, through the village, past the former Windmill and though housing estates to my Mother’s home in Raleigh Road. As I took my boots off at the front door, I looked out across the road to the Rose Green Primary School, where I was a pupil from 1954 – 60. I took out my camera and photographed the view of the school and carefully included the classroom where, in 1960, a student teacher on teaching practice from the Bognor Regis College of Education, introduced us to photography and showed us how to make a pinhole camera…

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Summary

With the walk now behind me and perhaps just one more day of photography down at the end of the walk to fill in the gaps, this review of the route and the photography has given me some ideas for a  less complex topic for my essay. However I am conscious of the time I have taken so far, the 31 October deadline and my impending holiday from 11 November – 2 December. My topic for the essay is tending towards the ancient monuments and sites of historical significance within the landscape that my father worked on during his career.