09 Oct 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-10-09 17:32:37

To begin with I didn’t know how to walk. I was able to learn to balance. Able to navigate the world on two feet. To engage in a series of tiny falls. The consequences of misjudged falls change. They grow with us.   London is designed for a particular type of body. A body able to […]

05 Oct 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-10-05 07:55:52

Meeting for the first time on a long walk strangers quickly become friends. Red: the colour of infrastructure. Investigating how beauty moves. Invisible oppositions: bird watchers and dog walkers. It depends on what you’re looking for. Silence: wind blowing, bird calls, pavement impact. It depends on what you’re listening for. Invitation: barefoot yoga in the park. […]

21 Sep 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-09-21 15:52:47

In London, Alisa and I began by walking to The Street. This is not, however, the street of Jane Jacobs, a messy entanglement of urban experience; rather it was the corporate street of Westfields Stratford City, Europe’s largest mall. This simulacrum of the street is a space of global consumption. New York’s Shake Shack pushing […]

14 Sep 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-09-14 05:04:50

In February I walked in circles around the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This week I walked there in a straight line, transecting East London on a journey through my usual stomping grounds. I took pictures every five minutes facing north. And every five minutes facing south. To truly engage in transecting, the route will […]

23 Aug 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-08-23 06:49:02

Last week a worldwide Chip Walk. Canada, England and Greece, all walking together. Radical Stroud embarked on a poetic chip shop hop. They walked on the 199th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, their chips wrapped in Oliver Lomax’s poem commemorating the tragedy. In Bethnal Green rapid gentrification made chippies almost impossible to find. As the […]

14 Aug 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-08-14 16:56:59

‘One day, while calmly mowing his cloud, the prince of Cloud City was accosted. The arch-rival of his kingdom GooGooGaga, a terrifying creature, half man, half baby, approached from behind. With a mighty shove, the prince was thrown from his cloud and fell down to Earth. Landing in a swimming pool in Fresno, California, he […]

27 Jul 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-07-27 17:45:26

A walk between old friends (getting older every day). Separated by an ocean; connected by hangovers. Nodding heads at passers-by. ‘Good morning.’ ‘Hello.’ ‘Hello.’ ‘Good morning.’ No tongue clicking, to our mutual relief. Ponds and springs. London and Pittsburgh. Sharing selfies in the best of all possible places. Nick Tobier Jeff Morris Advertisements

11 Jul 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-07-11 06:39:12

In Hampstead Heath Rebekah and I passed lusty bathers soaking in the rare English sun. In San Jose Katie and David joined protesters who filled the streets to proclaim that Families Belong Together. Despite the different contexts, our conversations paralleled: we discussed walking as interdependence, the ethics of making art from your everyday (and the people […]

30 Jun 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-06-30 14:56:33

Rocks were gathered and royally mailed–circulated between myself in London, Jess in Aberystwyth and Julius in East Sussex. Walking is slow. The post slows it even further. They call it snail mail for a reason. ‘Long Shore Drift’ drifted on across an unseasonably warm June; a welcome excuse for a beach excursion (if the littered shore […]

27 Jun 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-06-27 13:02:25

A Compilation of Other Peoples Thoughts: Instructions. Score. Assignment. An abandoned elementary school just out of sight on the daily commute. Playing the lava game; don’t touch the sides. You’ll BURN. Circumambulating heritage’s perimeter. Gone too far on the edge of the world. A ninety minute walk along the cinder block walls (not pictured). In […]

15 Jun 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-06-15 13:02:31

In his 2007 book The Wild Places Robert Macfarlane describes walking out of Cambridge and climbing a tree. He goes on to discuss the call of wild places, and explores several; venturing across moors, to remote islands, valleys and mountains. I have a seven month old baby. I would like to climb a tree. I am going […]

01 Jun 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-06-01 08:32:02

Three walks. Three dogs. Three personalities. Otter is the youngest of the three. Gudrun describes him as a ‘speedy whippet at the zenith of his youth.’ Her relationship to him is ‘ambivalent’, and this will be her ‘first proper walk with him post-partum’. Max is nine years old. He is quite energetic and not always […]

25 May 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-05-25 04:26:37

While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex completed their long walk, I did a playful one. Quiet, solitary, local; no pomp and not much performance. It was a welcome reprieve after the epic experience of City Centre. Sometimes it’s best not to think too much… better to give yourself over to the roll of the die: […]

20 May 2018 | A Wander is not a Slog

A Wander is not a Slog 2018-05-20 04:10:58

On 12 May 2018 fifty-five people in fifteen countries on five continents explored the centres of their landscape.1 They walked alone and in groups; on short strolls and epic walks; in rural, urban and suburban landscapes; in familiar and unfamiliar places. Some walked during the day and others at night. Some never made it out of the […]