Archive for April, 2007

Back on the road again . . . soon

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

I am now actively looking forward to undertaking my next fieldwork trips, probably in May and June of this year. My motorcycling buddies are heading to Lochcarron for the 18th and 19th of May for their late spring tour of the highland roads, and I hope to join them for at least one of the nights in Lochcarron. I have just bought a small tent to have as an accommodation option if I end up at the end of some single-track road too late to find a B & B. I have also ordered a matte-box and UV filter for the SonyHVR-A1E high definition camcorder that I am using for filming the roads. Just waiting for it to arrive and then I will likely order a couple of other filters (neutral density and a polarising filter).

Each day at work I will often stop and study the large Michelin map of Scotland that I have on the wall outside my office, and look at the roads, making up routes in my mind that I would like to drive. I keep changing my mind and wishing that I had an unlimited budget and more time to explore all the roads!

Ian and the VW microbus in Coigach

Back in the early 80’s when I was a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Art in London, I managed to get an old VW camper van for the second year of my course and I used to spend a week or so at a time, out on the road living in it and then commuting to London to attend lectures and process and print the films I’d taken. Many of my fellow class mates were very kind and let me camp out on their floors or sofas, then I’d be off up to the Highlands again.

The VW on the road in Coigach, 1984