My journey continued with instructions to visit a variety of locations - Leyton Midland Road, Blackhorse Road and Finsbury Park taking the tube and overground in a tortuous journey across East London. As ever, despite the variety of locations, there appears to be a unity underlying much of urban life and the visual links just keep on flowing!
The exploration of unknown territory - being metaphorically lost - allows for the discovery of the unexpected within the everyday and has a transformative effect, enabling one to see the mundane with fresh eyes. This has been brought home to me in the months since my journeys took place - as I settled back into my normal routine, I found my curiosity about the world around me waning and my powers of observation weakening.
The acts of wandering without a destination, getting lost, following another and obeying orders all have the effect of a certain fragmentation of the self, a disengagement from reality and an absolving of responsibility for one's own actions which can be a temporary relief from the everyday burdens of the world. These have been journeys not just in a literal sense, but also journeys of personal discovery and enlightenment.