I completed another Graphic Commons walk this week, and I chose a location I’m not overly familiar with: Lowestoft—the Easternmost point in Britain. Like other Graphic Commons posts here, this serves as an immediate document of my drift, and the photos, (only crudely edited at this stage), will feed into a write-up of the walk I plan to do soon. The writing that accompanies the photos will form a key part of any final outcome, but for now I won’t be posting what I write on Field Readings as that aspect is very much a work in progress.
Walk duration: 2.7 miles
Steps taken: 6,077
Start time: 09:17 (train from Ipswich)
Ground covered: Town centre and side streets onto a main road that divides the town from port. Then on to the Ness, the most Easterly point, and back into town via an industrial area and what is known locally as a ‘score’—a narrow alleyway.
There is more of a focus on shop fronts in this batch of photos than from my previous Graphic Commons drift, as that was what I was drawn to on the day. I was pleased to find a number of examples of vernacular typography that I didn’t come across in Ipswich. And a Wimpy; I can’t remember the last time I saw a Wimpy.
For some reason I didn’t listen to any music on this walk, maybe because I was more unfamiliar with the location and so didn’t know the traffic systems I was weaving in and out of. I did have my phone on shuffle on the train to and from Lowestoft though, which I’ll include here as I view that part of the exercise:
Lynched – Cold Old Fire
The Who – I Can See For Miles
Iggy Pop – New Values
The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
Shellac – Genuine Lulabelle
Young Fathers – Feasting
Wire – In The Art Of Stopping
LCD Soundsystem – Give It Up
Fire! Orchestra – Ritual
Killing Joke – Tomorrow’s World (Urban Primitive Dub)
The Knife – A Cherry On The Top
David Bowie – Can You Hear Me
The Ex – Maybe I Was The Pilot
Alborosie – A Dub Of Ice & Fire (ft King Jammy)
XTC – Nearly Africa
The Velvet Underground – That’s The Story Of My Life
David Bowie – Lazarus
Thee Oh Sees – Ticklish Warrior
TomWaits – Misery Is The River Of The World
P J Harvey – Bitter Branches
Jah Wobble – Inspector Out Of Space (Youth Inner Space Dub)
Field Music – How Many More Times?
The Maytals – Monkey Man
Belle & Sebastian – Simple Things
Tom Waits – Gin Soaked Boy
That Petrol Emotion – Swamp (Extended Mix)
Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
The Pop Group – Kiss The Book (John Peel Session)
Lou Reed – White Prism
The only other thing to note at this stage is that I took this walk straight after having a crown fitted, and so I was dosed-up on lots of paracetamol as my teeth were being ultra sensitive.