For the last year, I’ve been working on a project about the Lincolnshire Meridian.
Here’s the story – last October (gosh a year ago now), I completed my ARPS with a project on Fine Art, and the Lincolnshire Landscape. I’d also been a member of a project orientated group (Lincolnshire Image Makers) and quite separately, another group of four, who decided that we would each make a new project which we could then present as a talk to be used at camera clubs, and elsewhere.
Some of you may understand the feeling of relief after completing something challenging like the ARPS – but after the results were in, and I’d passed, there was a certain feeling of ‘what shall I do now?’.
My project was to take the Meridian line through the county, and record interesting facts and pictures, and hopefully learn a bit on the way. I didn’t think it would take so long.
12 months later, and the job is pretty much done. It involved innumerable trips out – lots of research, and a trip to Greenwich to complete the section on John Harrison (Clockmaker, and calculator of Longitude) and his clocks.
There’s still one bit to get – Barrow (up near the Humber Bridge) is having a statue of Harrison made and installed in their market place. I was hoping to get this to complete the project, but as of the time of writing, it’s not taken place. The statue is being made – they seem to have all the funding in place, but it’s not been installed.
My first booking to give the talk is on September 30th – at my home camera club Cleethorpes – and I hope that they’ll give me a friendly reception as I bumble my way through a first reading.
I’m sort of excited and nervous at the same time.
Three days after that – I’m to give it again, at another club – further afield. I’m not naming names in case it all goes AWOL !
Anyway – the Meridian project is done, apart from a few tweaks now, and it’s a relief.
I’m not entirely sure what the next project will be yet, but we have plans to do a joint one about either the Lincolnshire coastline, or the Fitties, or something else.
In the meantime, I need to sort something just for me again.