First things first, I hooked up with Dan last week to take delivery of the portraits he’s done of the participants in the cycling project.  He’s shot these on medium format, mostly 6×6 though the photo of Nick Crowson that appears on the flier was shot in 6×7.  For the portraits for the Eastside project Dan was using black and white, but he’s chosen to shoot these ones in colour and I have to say, they look pretty fantastic.  I’ll post these up on the main site once the exhibition is over…

…because we are planning to hold the exhibition in the relatively near future, date dependent on which spaces we can get permission to use and when.  Hoping to do this around campus, with 11 portraits by Dan and 11 maps / other visual media produced by me, based on the data produced by the participants.  I have to talk to the Marketing Department about this, apparently, so I’ll say more as soon as I know.  We’re suddenly rushing a bit because Dan is going to be out of the country for 12 months from August, so he’s trying to finish off lots of projects and now that I’m out of the bunker of exam marking, I’ve no excuse for not organising things.

That’s all exciting.  What else?  Back in, oh, April (blimey, where does the time go?) I presented some of the findings of the cycling work at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference in Washington DC.  I was in a session about bridging the divide between people studying conventional transport geography and those who are working on the ‘mobilities paradigm’.  This makes it sound terribly pretentious, but it was a really interesting session, so thanks go to the lovely Jon Shaw and Jennie Middleton who work at Plymouth, for organising this and letting me ramble on about bikes.  (Jennie, you may remember, organised the Peripatetic Practices workshop that James and I went to a couple of years ago to talk about the Eastside project.)  My paper was based on something I’ve submitted to the journal Environment and Planning D: Society & Space, which has disappeared into the abyss of the reviewing process.  Will chase that up.  I’m also going to give suspiciously similar papers at a workshop on ‘new’ methods in July and at the Cycling and Society conference in Oxford sometime in September.  But that’s fine, because recycling is environmentally friendly…