Make Your Way Glassford.
Getting involved in the Make your way project is a brilliant way to really get to know and explore your own home environment. The project is is being run in conjunction with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and is being created to help encourage active travel and route finding in the towns of Glassford, Carluke, Larkhall, Lanark and Stonehouse.
Why not map your own favourite route in and around your town and record what you see with photographs. We’d love to see the photographs you produce shared on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter (@ClydeAvonValley & use the hashtag #MakeYourWay). Here is a guide to show you how to create your own map on google Maps. We’d love to know the regular routes you take as well as any “secret” routes you may know about. These may be walks to school, work, routes you walk the dog or cycle or jog.
If you are interested in photography or simply want to notice and learn more about your countryside, a brilliant way of exploring your route in different ways is to look for a theme each time you take the journey. You may choose to look for signs, or look down or look for vertical lines or colours…really anything goes. You can make many, individual photographic projects from the same route in this way.
We believe the wilderness is much closer than you think…those passed through, negotiated, unnamed, unacknowledged areas we call the Edgelands. These familiar yet often ignored spaces are neither urban or countryside, but are actually truly great wild places right on your doorstep. What a wonderful challenge to find these places and pass the knowledge of them on to others.
Here is an example…I walked the beautiful, circular “Borelands route” (see map below) in Glassford with the theme of hedges in mind…I looked to incorporate a hedge in every photograph I took and looked for gaps in the hedge and patterns.
What themes can you come up with to illustrate your local towns….? Share with us @ClydeAvonValley & use the hashtag #MakeYourWay.