480 Pages.

480 pages, (A photographic essay documenting a journey of 480 pages) 2006.

A commission for The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea In transit project 2007.

 

The pages were from Homer's The Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses' wanderings. Beginning with the page where the story first starts, each page was read and then folded into a paper boat, this continued until the last page of the story had been read and folded. These boats were then set adrift on the stream running through Meanwood Park, Leeds, both ending and in a sense, beginning this project.

 

Travels with Odysseus retell the earthy and profound adventures of the Greek hero Odysseus teaching stories which hold insight and guidance for our own present-day journey.

 

Joseph Campbell (2004) explains "that one of the basic functions of the myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a travel guide to reach fulfilment - a map to discover "bliss"."

 

"…........ do not hurry the voyage at all.

It is better to let it last for many years;

and to anchor at the island when you are old,

rich with all you have gained on the way,

not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.

Without her you would have never set out on the road.

She has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.

Wise as you have become, with so much experience,

you must already have understood what Ithaca means"

Constantine P. Cavafy (1911)

 

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