3 1/2 hours on train in 25 degrees builds a certain momentum to leave. Add this with the deadline of a departing flight to catch. In the time on the train from Milazzo to Palermo the only entertainment was a rather large bee that was flying up and down the carriage. If i could have vignetted the corners of my field of vision it would have been a seen from a classic european film. Everyone was watching this bee with a look of ‘don’t come near me’. It could have run a mock on the packed train. It also got me thinking that when it went backwards down the carriage does that class as time travel?
Last Call For Whitfield
Mount settle breath.
Sound makes sense,
but I don’t understand.
Round beads form,
Fall like the words.
Time dam slow!
How long can it last.
Where to look.
And I’m sick of the sea,
straight blue line beauty,
Following me home,
Crashing harrowing free.
A dog sleeps alone.
The platform grown.
Drunk man ego.
I went out to Sicily to photograph. While i was there I soon realised that must start film and using time-lapse to further my experience. This video was shot free hand. The poem was written while I was there. The sounds in the background are the tuna steaks we bought cooking on the Barbecue The ambient sound is from the supermarket we went to
Well yesterday day was about getting image and posters ready for the exhibition i have got 16 pil boxes a good effort for 1 week. I have 6 prints of Great Ormegun sight. I did a time lapse projection but i cant seem to upload it 😦
I did have good projecting this over google+ so wendy could see it
Heres the poster for the show
As im really clever yesterday i removed photoshop from my computer. Not a high point of time in sicily
Yesterday was about food we went to the fish market in Milazzo
Then we had cake
So off to pick up the prints and hang the show. Wish me luck!!!!
I can highly recommend the tagliatelle alla Bolognese if your passing this way. They pick de herb fresh off the tree. Claudio taught us how to say good food in masculine and feminine after 3 men helped us select desert. I like the fact they would not let you mix flavours.
I had a really special day yesterday. Firstly seeing the italian coast, the toe tip if you imagine the boot really left an impression on me. It’s not very often you would get to see such an iconic land feature. That is unless down the road you see a volcano!
Spent the afternoon in Catania only had a short spell in the fantastic little city. All the streets are flagged with lava rock and its many Baroque buildings. It was so hot in the street felt like the heat was coming upwards.
Had a little walk this morning around the olive plantations were people work the land due to the heat
And saw this cool little truck i think they must have scooter engines in them.
Seems to be cool and overcast today. Its difficult carrying all your stuff around in the heat of the day but provides some good results
Found some new pil boxes yesterday which was great 3 new as well.
I projected pictures of the Great Orme on the side of the barn last night in Milazzo it produced lovely texture with the Stone Walls.
Got into to Milazzo and soft lad had forgotten his memory card so we had to venture on the local bus. The funny thing was Allie asked “were was the bus”? to which they replied “there are no buses“. definitely lost in translation unless they thought we ment open top tour bus 🙂 It reminded me of Prague when i asked the taxi driver how you would great someone with say ” how do you do” the taxi driver replied we do not say that we are not interested”
Off to look at the castle today and then im going to Catania (maybe)
Still sat under the same tree strangely it’s called a word press tree 😉
Settled in well yesterday even if i had phone my data roaming on for a bit 😦
Chatted lots with Allie she is an artist from chicago she cool although my dull sit Widnesian tones confuse sometimes.
Actually sat in the sun yesterday which was novel for me. I ve got a watch now so i must get a tan.
Recreated a clash song today ‘i got lost in supermarket’ even Allie said it was bigger than anything she had seen in the states. Then the fun began. I got to the till with the apples i had bought. I didn’t realise you had put your own code on from a register. So pulling that dum english face we have all pulled due to losing it in translation the kind lady swiftly behind me in the que whisked my apples off to bar code them for me. Scusi 🙂
We went to the village restaurant last night. It was great even if the manager of the gaff did come over and shake my hand. He tried to get me to pay for all the bill 🙂
Well I made it. There was times were I thought I cant do this there was so many things against me. But in true rebranded Alan style I did not give up. I’m sat here under lets call it a tree swing tree as my italian tree knowledge needs polishing up on.
Yesterday went pretty smooth its very laid back here in Milazzo. For instance the driver of the train talk to the ticket man with his door open while the train was going.
The feel of Malta is strong they will build on anything here
Really liked the apartments in Palermo on the way in they were built on the edge of a quarry literally like bottom rooms then 50ft to the base straight drop.
Off for breakfast know then to look round the Castle that i have to do an exhibition in friday.