Group DescriptionIn a book by Nick Crane 'Two degrees west' (Viking 1999) - which tells of a walk he made due south across England - he writes: "Claire was photographing desire paths... the imprints of 'foot anarchists', individuals who had trodden their own routes into the landscape, regardless of the intentions of government, planners and engineers. A desire path could be a short cut through waste ground, across the corner of a civic garden or down an embankment. They were expressions of free will, 'paths with a passion', an alternative to the strictures of railings, fences and walls that turned individuals into powerless apathetic automatons. On desire paths you could break out, explore,'feel your way across the landscape'."
Since reading this I've been looking out for these paths. They're everywhere.
(There's a group for 'Paths we walk' which is similar but lots of the photos show properly constructed paths - this is a sort of sub-group!)
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