Travelling feet

As I said in yesterday’s post, I’m going to be blogging about my recent travels to Morocco, the UK and Germany over the next few weeks, but today, I’m just giving you a little preview taster to whet your appetites! Below is a whole series of photos I took of my feet during my travels…
Morocco, maroc, fes, fez, meknes, chefchaouen, riad, dar, monkey, atlas, barbery, ape, cedar, tiles, zelij
This series is from Morocco. So many different kinds of tiles – in the patios, stairways and rooftops of traditional riads and dars where we stayed; in the great courtyard of an Islamic school in Fez; on the street of a town’s cobbled medina; and the pastel-bricked step of a pottery factory. Oh, and a monkey in the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas, sizing up my bag of peanuts!
Black Forest, Shwarzwald, germany, moss, leaves, mushrooms, fungi, toadstools, roots, autumn, fall, stream, gumboots, wellingtons, boots
These photos are all taken in the Black Forest in Germany where my half-sister and I stayed in a fairy tale 400 year-old traditional farmhouse. We spent the weekend walking through misty forests filled with Autumn leaves, mossy rocks, mushrooms, twisted roots, wild blueberries and chattering streams. Pure magic! Just wait till you see the farmhouse itself…
UK, london, v&a, museum, Exmoor, Exmouth, fossils, fossil, beach, seaside, pebbles, amonites, mosaics, tiles, berries, stone bridge, greenwich
…And these photos are in the UK. The many different floors of the Victoria and Albert Museum, great ammonite fossils and sea-worn pebbles on the beaches of Exmoor, an ancient stone bridge and fallen berries on moss (also in Exmoor), and the floors of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich (opposite where my brother lives and, more excitingly, where the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean film had just been shot!).

I’m slightly alarmed by how many of the photos feature the same pair of jeans and shoes… I’m ashamed to say, for a fairly seasoned traveller, I actually don’t travel lightly at all, and practically had my whole wardrobe with me, but you certainly wouldn’t know it! These photos must have all been taken on days when I was wearing my most comfortable, practical, walking clothes… : )

In Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation, Charlotte remarks “…every girl goes through a photography phase, like horses, you know dumb pictures of your feet…” Well, it seems I’m still going through that phase! Somehow, photographing my feet in different locations has an irresistible immediacy that I still can’t quite get past.

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5 Responses to Travelling feet

  1. Amy says:

    i’,m obsessed with photographing my feet wherever I got too, as you know 🙂 For me it’s about connecting visually with the fact that I WAS THERE. It combines the observed with the observer, which is very satisfying for me. makes it feel more real that I was actually there, and has a sort of grounding effect to it, of seeing my feet on the ground, planted there…Anyway your pics look amazing arranged like that – very effective! It makes me want to reach down and touch all those different grounds…seems very tactile somehow! So excited to see your posts again Luce 🙂 love you! xoxo a.

  2. Lionel says:

    I like the idea that it’s often the same pair of shoes. It contributes to the pattern effect.
    I find that all these downward shots somehow put me off balance as if I was falling forward – I have to say that I easily get dizzy with heights 😉
    It’s nice to see that our riad inspired you – I think I recognized a couple of our tiles !

    Can’t wait to read your Moroccan series …..

  3. Lucy Patterson says:

    Hi Lionel, thanks for visiting my blog! Yes, a couple of the shots are in the beautiful courtyard of Riad Felloussia! Good spotting! 🙂 I’m hoping to get more of my Moroccan photos up this week….

  4. josephine says:

    Hi Lucy,

    and I, as Lionel did, recognise the steps at Dar El Hana! and I love the Germany photos – Black Forest, you and Selma!

    Best wishes
    Josephine

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