“Throwing new light on familiar waters”
Dale Berning Sawa for Photomonitor
Cordyline Australis (cabbage palms) on West Parade were shot on various lenses each month for a year (July 2017 - June 2018).
Taking the images was my meditation, my fix, my monthly puzzle. A Wabi Sabi of Photography.
A live arts project captured in photographs. The act of taking the images became more important than the result. Air | texture | senses | contemplation| space to breath. A little pilgrimage. The palms become our gods.
The apparatus secondary.
First shown at Holborn library as part of Morley College tutors “Questions of Worth” exhibition, the month of July was invited to “Seaside: Photographed” a seizmic group show curated by Val Williams & Karen Shepherdson. It premiered at Turner Contemporary then toured throughout the pandemic (2020-2021): firstly to John Hansard Gallery (Southhampton), followed by Newlyn Art Gallery (Cornwall) and finally Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool). An installation shot is available here.
A playlist was put together by Turner Sims Concert Hall Manager Kevin Appleby: https://www.turnersims.co.uk/news/seaside-photographed-a-musical-response.
The palms were selected to feature as chapter cover in the Seaside:Photographed book published by Thames & Hudson. Some further reflections on the work were published in Volume 13: Photography&Culture magazine.
Another small extract of the work was showcased at Artists Atlantica, Fotonoviembre 2019, Tenerife | Spain. It was exhibited almost next to the ancient El Drago tree (said to be 1000 years old but certainly one of the oldest and largest living specimen of Dracaena draco) - meaningfully juxtaposed.
Since carrying out the work I was awarded the Woodland Trust “Urban Trees” pack and selected trees have been planted across the town of Worthing as a legacy of the project.
Over the next years, community engagement will continue to bring life to the project, fostering well-being through art and tress. The aim of the project is to create a long term body of work encompassing routine, mindfulness, community and play.
All images © Julia Horbaschk - strictly no re-use without permission. Please contact me for enquiries.
Worthing Palms June. NE 8. Scattered clouds. 73%, 17°C, feels like 17°C.
Worthing Palms May. No data.
Worthing Palms April. WNW 11. Passing Clouds. 85%. 8° feels like 5°
Worthing Palms March. ESE 2. Good. Chance of rain 14%. 8°
Worthing palms. February. NE 15. Very Good. 49%. 3° feels like -1°
Worthing palms. January. Moderate. W 5. 95%. 7°
Worthing palms. December. Very good. N 5. 84%. 4°
Worthing palms. November. Very good. SSW 7. 62%. 7°
Worthing palms. October. SSE 6. fog. 94%. 12°
Worthing palms. September. SSE 4. Moderate. 79%. 14°
Worthing palms. August. SSW 10. Very Good. 64%. 17°
Worthing palms. July. SSW 8. Good. 72%. 16°
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In October 2020 the Palms disappeared over night causing a public outcry. Tributes were left at the scene and my photos/observations made the local news.
A few weeks later Worthing Councils Parks Department replanted small new trees of the same species. Follow the palms: #WorthingPalms: