The popular Caught by the River website held a poetry and prose event at Machpelah Mill, Hebden Bridge, on Saturday 21st January 2017. As previously reported, I had agreed to exhibit a small selection of prints from my Hebden’s Other Bridges photo-project.
I can’t speak for anyone else present, but it was personally most satisfying to see a collection of my own photographs hanging next to each other along a wall. In this increasingly digital age, we tend to view photos on our computer-screens and phones these days—which is fantastic, but you still can’t beat a traditional 18"x12" print made out of actual physical atoms.
It was also most satisfying finally to chat face-to-face with the physical versions of several people I’d previously only spoken with electronically, including a number of the Caught by the River crew, and the writers Ben Myers, Adelle Stripe, and Amy Liptrot.
My lasting impression of the day will be, what an awfully nice bunch of people! But it was Hebden Bridge, after all, so what else should I have expected? A yoga laughter session upstairs, you say? Strange you should mention that…
“…wonderfully droll, witty and entertaining… At their best Carter’s moorland walks and his meandering intellectual talk are part of a single, deeply coherent enterprise: a restless inquiry into the meaning of place and the nature of self.”
—Mark Cocker, author and naturalist
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