About martin.p.eccles

My practice reflects the experience of my presence in and walking through natural environments. I use a range of methods (predominantly sound and text) to respond to time, distance and place in the landscape.

Day 67 Friday March 12th

outer southwest 6 minutes
The Drive Moor Place Woodlands Woodlands Avenue Westfield 
 Grandstand Road
Back on rough grass     a lark sings beneath the wind
Distant figures   insect small       a lone runner strides
The smooth horizon north     prickles with buildings in the south

 

 

Day 66 Thursday March 11th

inner west 16 minutes
The Poplars High Street Elmfield Road North Avenue
A slate     slipped from a ridge      lies in the garage gutter
A man with two dogs     curious     stops to talk
The song of the reversing ambulance       echoes along the avenue
Marks on the window frame    beneath the eaves   possibility of a nest

 

Day 65 Wednesday March 10th

outer north 12 minutes
The Poplars High Street Salters Road Elsdon Road Henry Street 
 Hedley Terrace
Tucked into the laurel as the rain begins    to the chat of sparrows
On the seventh floor   workmen shout     as they hand down planks
On a far skyline      jackdaws dot and shuffle

 

 

Day 64 Tuesday March 9th

outer east 3 minutes
The Drive Moor Crescent Moorfield Little Moor Jesmond Dene Road 
 Osborne Road Mitchell Avenue North Jesmond Avenue Newbrough Crescent 
 Osborne Road St Georges Close
Tidying up the courts  a steady drone from over the broken-down fence
A remembrance garden crucifix gazes down

 

 

Day 63 Monday March 8th

outer southwest 8 minutes
The Drive Moor Place Woodlands Woodlands Avenue Westfield Grandstand Road
A lark sings  from an unseen perch    somewhere in the rough grass
The squall hits        a chocolate labrador   comes to explore
Crows criss-cross the grassland below me

Day 62 Sunday March 7th

outer southwest 12 minutes
The Drive Moor Place Woodlands Woodlands Avenue Westfield 
 Grandstand Road
Down the hill  down the wind      comes the traffic noise
From nowhere   golden plover lift   a skylark     and then the merlin

 

 

Day 61 Saturday March 6th

inner west 7 minutes
The Drive
Two runners    two cars          one plane
In the sunshine    a blue tit calls      and a nuthatch responds
Pushed by tree roots         the kerb stones billow down the street

 

 

Day 58 Wednesday March 3rd

inner southeast 9 minutes
The Drive High Street Little Moor Highbury
A secret pond     an island bench    tucked behind a hazel coppice
Bee hives    quiet in the chill morning
Against the traffic   the birds keep in contact     but little song