The Perimeter by Quintin Lake (Blog review – https://theperimeter.uk/)
My first question is why? Why would anyone with half a brain want to walk THE PERIMETER of the United Kingdom for 5 years?
My second question is…? Nope. Can’t get past the why.
Regardless of my utter laziness and non-comprehension, I am thankful that Quintin Lake is fully engulfed in the half-brained expedition so I can watch from the comfort of my La-Z-Boy recliner. (Full disclosure: I don’t own a La-Z-Boy recliner but it makes for better sarcasm than my Ektorp from Ikea)
Mr. Lake’s blog is clean and smart and filled with stunning; make your mouth drop to floor photos and…well… that’s about it. He gives the reader a very brief photo description but other than that, he is man of few words. And it’s perfect.
When photography is done right, words are unnecessary. When photography sucks, one feels the need to weight it down with words. A sunset is a sunset not a “colorful spectacle of light and hope” and most definitely not – D7000, AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, one second, f/18, ISO 200, aperture priority, Matrix metering. Take your snobby shutter speeds and your magisterial metering and shove them up your aperture.
When I last heard from Mr. Lake, he was on day 120 of his trek covering a section from Penbwchdy to Fishguard. Seriously, even the names are perfect. This is a 17km trek which means “this stupid American has no clue what it means” but according to this map from his website, it’s a long ass haul.
And he saw seals!
If Quintin Lake was a multiple-choice test, the choices would be:
A talented photographer, with muscular calves, living his dream and sharing it with the world or…
One crazy son of a bitch
I’m going with all of the above.
The Perimeter, is a beautiful jaunt. A pleasant laptop journey that leaves you feeling lazy, questioning your life choices and ready to follow your dreams. The photographs are real, live through the lens type of shots that breathe the very air of the location they were taken. Beautifully alive and bursting with emotion.
Some people believe the center is where the action is but from what I’ve seen of the PERIMETER, it’s the place to be.