Parkland Walk” (2011-2016)

"I had a mysterious experience once before, though there is no way to ascertain if it really happened or not.

It was a calm summer night. I was visiting a friend who lives in Highgate, which is located in North London, and we were drinking in the small courtyard. Being in the stillness of night, particularly on residential streets, I suddenly heard the sound of trains rumbling from somewhere far away. It wasn't the hazy sounds of crawling underground, but the sound of trains moving above ground.However, I didn’t care much about it because I was drunk, and time passed by. 

After coming back to Japan, I was looking at the pictures I took at Parkland Walk in Highgate a long time ago (it was a summer night, too). The low quality of the images scanned at a chain photo processing shop and my fading memory of that location were strangely matched together. Time flies so fast. I realized that I rarely knew about the place without the information that trains used to run through the path way.

I therefore started searching for information about that pathway on the internet, and lots of articles came out, including personal websites. Reading articles, the memory gradually comes back: the sunshine filtering through on a sunny day, the muddy ground on a rainy day, people taking a walk, dogs, bikes, and birds' humming. 

Then I came to a halt at a line stating that there is a myth that trains can still be heard rumbling along the route near the Highgate tunnels even after the tracks have been lifted. The memory I had completely forgotten came back silently. 

I heard the sound from somewhere far away once again."



日本に帰国した後、私はハイゲートの遊歩道、パークランド・ウォークで以前撮影した写真を見返していた(それもまた、ある夏の日の夜の事であった)。チェーンの写真屋で現像、スキャンされた画質の悪い写真と、その場所に関する薄れた記憶は妙にマッチしていた。 時が過ぎるのはとても早い。考えてみれば私はその場所について、昔電車が通っていて今は散歩道になっているという情報以外は大して知らない事に気がついた。





Title: Parkland Walk
Artist: Yukihito Kono
Self published, September 2013
Pigment inkjet print on Spanish recycle paper
Softcover with a folded map, saddle stitched
210 x 148 x 3 mm
26 pages (14 photographs)
Text in English 
Limited edition of 60 copies, hand numbered by the artist

Two different editions of artist books were published in 2013 and 2019