The Wordsworth Project

 

April 2022: project start

The Wordsworth Project traces the Romantic landscape of William Wordsworth (1770-1850), the poet who is assumed to have walked over 150.000 kilometres through his native Lake District. In the poet’s footsteps the project investigates the value of the romantic landscape for our day and age.

The Wordsworth Project culminates in a photo book called ‘A Child of Nature,’ an exhibition by the same name, and a Travel Diary, which will be published online.

Tourist @ The Lake District, Iphone photo ©Bas Jongerius

Travels

For The Wordsworth Project, four trips to the UK are planned in 2022. The first trip, scheduled for spring, will focus on the Wye Valley.  Here, Wordsworth’s walking tour towards the ruins of Tintern Abbey in 1798 led to one of his most famous poems:Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey.’ 

Along the banks of the Wye Valley the poet found the words to express the sublime; the sense of awe that he experienced while observing the wonder of nature. During the project the notion of the sublime, as well as it’s counterpart the picturesque, will be starting points for the photographic investigation of the Wordsworth Project.

In the Wye Valley the photographic subject will be

-these steep woods and lofty cliffs,
And this green pastoral landscape

that Wordsworth encountered. Also, the touristic must-see of Tintern Abbey, the ruins that have become somewhat of a symbol of Romanticism, will be part of the photographic investigation.

The Wye Valley Spring trip:

  • April 30th- May 9th 2022.
  • Follow this trip through my Travel Diary;
  • details to follow soon! 

The Lake District Summer Trip:

  • July-August 2022
  • Follow this trip through my Travel Diary;

The River Derwent Autumn trip

  • October 2022
  • Follow this trip through my Travel Diary;

The Mount Snowdon Winter trip

  • December 2022 
  • Follow this trip through my Travel Diary;