Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

About the Artist RWB Journal

My work is informed by my personal faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and, my personal experience.

My practice centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. I avoid making work of any individual person; so that neither, is the individual stigmatised, nor is the work unduly personalised.

Since January 2012 I have used this blog as part of my reflective journal.
Included in this journal is some of my documentation of my research; the underlined text provides links to web pages etc that have formed part of my research.
The Research Visits category includes some responses to gallery visits.

Felixstowe Beach [2012-03-21]

Art Practice -Work In ProgressPosted by Richard Wed, March 21, 2012 19:04:22
Today I was surprised by the change in weather on the beach, when I set off and up to 100m or so it was a lovely sunny afternoon, but on the beach it was 3degrees cooler with a heavy sea mist, which I observed as I approached the beach from inland. This is the first time I have observed this phenomena on this beach despite numerous visits dating back over a year, with regular, frequent visits since November to gather detritus. I was further surprised to find that the tide was at the lowest I have yet observed, retreating a further 2 or 3m than I had previously observed. Despite all this the sea was extremely calm, with very little wind, and the strand line was not very obvious. Furthermore, unusually, none of the seaweed that I saw was entwined intwine or thread. This was in stark contrast to my previous visit [Sat 10-03-2012] where I had gathered one of the largest amounts of detritus, including a large entwined bundle that included thick plastic packing twine; where as this time I found probably the least amount of detritus to date.

Of the detritus that I did find today, a large proportion appeared to be local litter rather than jetsam and flotsam, although some of that was also found such as some fragments of glass and fragments of polystyrene packaging which appeared to be on the strand line. Thus for once it was more apparent whether the source was local/ blown in, or swept in by the tide. However this still seemed to resonate with the situation of migrant peoples, perhaps some have settled locally, whereas other may be recent arrivals - this seems to particular resonate with the gypsy communities shown in last night's documentary.

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