This account has culminated from years of wandering and musing around an area loosely centered around Leeds, Wakefield, Barnsley and Sheffield. It has been displayed in an arrangement of photographs taken between 2008 and 2014, that roughly span the time that the thoughts that make this personal account came together. Yet, always being somewhat concerned with the notion of place - what is urban, what is rural, what is home, what isn't - it is probably more accurate to say these thoughts have grown over 30 years.
This 'walk' through 4 districts that span the old West Riding of Yorkshire is foremost a personal account, yet it also aims to serve as a psychogeographical account. I know psychogeography is a term that is often said to be thrown around carelessly. So, to my make my use of it more clear, I see it as a means of mapping ones experience of a place. I'm trying to show what inhabiting these places/walking through a human landscape feels like, because I believe doing so has much-overlooked potential for understanding a 21st century world that few would argue is working for the majority of us. Thus the accompanying photos aren't the type to make pretty wall-hangings; all too often I find reality is massively cropped to take the more picturesque. I have chosen this area because it is a landscape I know better than any other. My time remaining on this earth as John Ledger will be indelibly-coloured by this area, whether I am in Barcelona or still in Barnsley.
John Ledger is a visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large-scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slow-forming, but defiant responses; it takes time to truly figure out what he wants to say about our social reality, seeing his works as an attempt at mapping this social/psychological landscape.
Stories From Forgotten Space Published June 27, 2015
Let the Lyrics Talk Published April 26, 2014
Inner Workings 2: Blog-writings to accompany exhibitions (May 2012 to March 2014) Published March 03, 2014
Rebuilding The Flattened Published February 28, 2014
West Riding of Yorkshire: A Psychogeographical Account Published December 06, 2013
Inner workings (Writings and rough sketches to accompany exhibitions) Published July 05, 2011
The Tide of society Published July 10, 2010
Going nowhere, writing letters to nobody Published January 14, 2010