GMT

"Man cannot know the world "as it really is," if he cannot know what time it really is. If there are as many private times as there are individuals, then every person is responsible for creating his own world from one moment to the next, and creating it alone."

-      Kern, Stephen. The Culture of time and Space, 1880-1918. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1983

Day 2   20.1.12   10:22   51.522883, -0.000595   Bromley-by-Bow, London

March 2012 (photos Jan 2012 - present)

It can be said that we are “slaves” to time, or that time “flies” when you’re having fun; we can “waste” time, we can “gain” time, we can “make” time and some things can be “timeless”.  But what does time actually mean in photography?  How can it be represented as a distinct “something” in a photograph, without being merely referent to the function of a photograph?  What is necessary for it to transcend being simply a document or record of an event that happened at any given point in time?

To look for answers to these questions and to explore the nature of time, I am proposing to follow the “Prime Meridian” from Greenwich on foot, heading north to begin with, walking this line of time (GMT +0) whilst making photos.  Some of these photos may refer to time in quite a clear, obvious way, but some may also represent a less definite understanding of the nature of time. 

The photographs I take will become a record or “measure” of time on this journey, much like a “visual clock”.

Day 15   20.09.12   12:41   51.210290, 0.003109   Crowhurst, Surrey

Day 4   03.02.12   11:09   51.589883, 0.000783   Walthamstow, London

Day 16   12.10.12   51.140876, -0.003884   Brown's Wood, East Grinstead, Surrey

Day 3   27.01.12   14:25   51.555101, -0.000665   Leyton, London

Day 3   27.01.12   14:48   51.575883, 0.001030   Epping Forest, London

Day 14   09.09.12   51.304444, 0.003889   Biggin Hill, Surrey

Day 16   12.10.12   14:10   51.157222, 0.000833   Dormansland, Surrey 

Day 10   30.05.12   13:11   51.791869, 0.008004   Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire

Day 10   30.05.12   11:24   51.790575, -0.001255   St. Margarets, Hertfordshire

Day 7   11.03.12   14:11   51.663199, -0.002189   Sewardstone, Essex

Day 8   08.04.12   12:44   51.734896, 0.002983   Nazeing, Essex

Day 7   11.03.12   14:58   51.679928, 0.003138   Waltham Abbey, Essex

Day 7   11.03.12   15:04   51.681779, 0.003001   Waltham Abbey, Essex

Day 7   11.03.12   15:09   51.682079, 0.002371   Waltham Abbey, Essex