A year or so ago I walked into a small gallery near Castlemaine in Victoria and started to have a look around. In a box in the corner were the pages from a 1910 road atlas of the UK. It was a remarkable thing to look at and think about. It was published before either of the World Wars, with no motorways,
and no urban sprawl.
I thought - "If I can find where I was born, I'm going to buy it!" and there it was. Half a world away from where I was born there was a picture of my world that my grandfather would have known, but one that had disappeared by the time I was born. This is a world where horse power still involved horses and a whole generation of young men had no real idea of what was about to happen to them.
I can't help but think of the number of people who lived in these villages who were killed in the wars over the next 35 years - each of these villages has a War Memorial, which for most of the year will stand unnoticed, but in early November becomes the centre of attention and memory.
Maps are memories cast on to paper - so I decided to take these memories and bring them into my world.
You can find more macro shots here at Macro Monday.
You can find the latest post to my other blog by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.
Enjoy the close ups.