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In late 2009, a TV documentary about Stanley Kubrick caught my attention. The programme explained how Kubrick frequently shot more than 30 takes of one scene in order to wear down the actors - to force them to work through the obvious approaches and find something new. I began to wonder if I could employ the basis of this process in my own work. Looking at the 4ft wide map of London on my studio wall, I decided to choose two points (A and B), one east and one west, and take photographs as I walked repeatedly from one to the other. I would record each journey with GPS, and the line between the points (representing my directional choices) would be transcribed onto a map for each day an apposite metaphor for my drifting thought process, perhaps. Initially, I had planned to choose the points A and B arbitrarily by sticking a pin into the map. 

Softcover, edition of 800. A5, John MacLean's 7th self-published book. Forty-two photographs taken during 37 walks between the sites of Newgate prison and the Tyburn Tree, between 23 August 2009 and 3 February 2011.

Order info and more details on John's site.

Pages: 88
Place: London
Year: 2011
Publisher: Hunter and James
Size: 16 x 24 cm (approx.)

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