Dalby Forest - weathering
︎ artist in residence
The Bridestones are the sandstone rocks situated in the North York Moors that were created through the movement of glaciers during the Ice Age. They have been weathered by the action of frost, wind, and rain over thousands of years. I have been fascinated by the process of weathering which is slowly biting off the rocks and morphing them over time. Every bite then forms a negative space of a natural force that made its way through the stone however is not obviously present although not absent.
Similar to a moment that was once here, existing in the memory moulding us into what we are now. I visited the Bridestones with a pinhole camera that I made a long time ago and took an image of the so-called Pepperpot stone on the black and white film. I have not been aware if any images were exposed on the film and when I developed it in home-made fern developer the images that I took 5 months ago, during my last visit of Yorkshire, came out. Double exposure is marking its way through the film bringing multiple realities, times into one - sleeping baby, stone and the hair of the inside lining of my pinhole camera.
Weathering is a process that affects the entity of the stone. These days we can admire the patterns of lichen on its surface. I have spend too less time with the stones to fully grasph the process of weathering and the landscape. However when I returned to the workshop I have taken two silver bromide papers and the soil that I collected in the landscape and rubbed it agains the surface. The silver bromide papers unlike the resin coated ones are very fragile against the touch and the surface gave up against the pressure that my hands caused.