Here are two great quotations from the great Hamish Fulton – that’s him above, in Lanzarote.
The first: “I am an artist who walks, not a walker who makes art.” Not trying to muscle in on the man, nor compare myself to him, but it's the case that I'm a writer who walks, rather than a walker who writes.
And even better from Fulton: “a walked line, unlike a drawn line, can never be erased.” I wonder if that applies to writing too; “a walked line, unlike a written line, can never be erased.” I'll be thinking about that for a while.
(I wasn’t there but I can believe it's true - LA psychogeographer Anthony Miller tells me he went to a lecture about Fulton at the Hammer Museum, and the lecturer throughout pronounced his first name as “Armeesh” – as in the religious sect. A man with Scottish roots, and I assume Mr. Fulton has those, though he was actually born in London, would surely be amused. Either that or he’d bottle the lecturer.)
Hamish Fulton's website is here:
And it's not just me, is it, there's more than a passing physical resemblance between Fulton and Iain Sinclair? Walking obviously keeps them trim and attractive, though doesn't do much for the hairline.