David Morgan-Davies
artist-photographer

I wander from David Morgan-Davies on Vimeo.

‘I wander’ is the result of nine short walks made from my home in Abergavenny, Wales during the COVID-19 lockdown. The initial idea was to make a series of random walks that complied with the allowed one hour restricted exercise; to walk for thirty minutes: take a picture on a Fuji instant film camera then return home, recording the route on the Ordnance Survey mapping App.

I am not alone making work during lockdown, many others were/are trying to make sense of the ‘unprecedented’ times including the Stroud based group Walking the Land, who invited me to join their Sacred Space: two metre distancing project: 21 artists in lockdown respond to “social distancing” in their various ways. Using collage, they consider what they cherish around them, what they really miss, and how their experience during the pandemic might become a call for positive change.

After making a few walks I began to think about how I might make a piece of work using the photographs and mapping data I would accumulate. Using a grid to show all the photographs and maps seemed like a logical idea, and translated nicely into nine walks. However I soon realised that to make sense of all the pictures and mapping data I would probably end up making different pieces of work, and ultimately making different work to show online and in a gallery setting.

The ‘I wander’ animation/slideshow is a moving collage that documents each walk, it shows the body of work as a whole. The ‘I Wander’ grid of nine scanned instant film prints above is the first work made from individual elements intended for printing and exhibition. This points the way forward for more work to be created in the coming months.