A work of perspectives. Walking, eyes focused on the ground, then lifting to the landscape. The eye of the GPS tracker recording the route, distances covered. Quietly intense and meditative photographs. The walking-artist as pilgrim and explorer, watcher and watched from above.
"The project explores parallels between the flâneur and the ancient notion of the pilgrimage as allegorical journey. I use photography and GPS navigation to trace the topography of Bede’s Pilgrim Trail in South Tyneside. The location has particular historical significance as it is bracketed by two monasteries marking the home of the Venerable Bede, born in Monkton, near Saint Peter and Saint Paul monastery at Monkwearmouth-Jarrow. Here he devoted himself to the study of scriptures and is regarded to be the most important scholar of antiquity between the 7th and 9th Centuries. His The Ecclesiastical History of English People is the first written account of Anglo-Saxon England." (extract from Peregrinus [Bede's Walk] by Mark Adams)
Publication date: 10 June 2020
Mark Adams is a photographer who’s practice and research is concerned with landscape representation. His work explores the cultural forces that impact upon landscapes as well as the personal narratives that are woven into everyday places through walking. Over the past 20 years, Mark has exhibited in the United States, Europe and the UK. His work appears in Paris Lit Up magazine, Next Level, Der Greif magazine and recently in the American Landscape publication Observations in the Ordinary. He is a member of Millennium Photographers Agency, and Course Leader in Photography at York St John University. He currently lives in North Tyneside. See more at markadamsimages.com.