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The Running Line

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the running line saltwell park gateshead

“Sculptural” photographic exhibition

The “Running Line” is an art installation in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park containing 139,000 pictures from the 2006 Great North Run taken along the route from Newcastle to South Shields.

Artist Julian Germain claims that at 13.1 miles it is the world’s longest photographic display as it trails around Saltwell Park. South Shields Daily Photo had submitted a number of contributory pictures to the exhibition so I was anxious to see what it looked like, if I said I was impressed I would be lying. Rather like the disgorged contents of a cassette tape or VHS tape when they become strewn around your town, this “art” resembled the world’s longest length of litter!

I was left wondering about the point of the whole exercise and felt that it contributed nothing to the culture of the North-East or the Bupa Great North Run. As a photographic exhibition it was meaningless with many of the pictures draped around trees so far above head height that they could not be viewed, nor could one claim to have walked the whole 13.1 miles viewing the exhibition. None of the pictures were captioned and it was not possible to identify who any of the photographers were, it was all a big anti climax.

Camera details; Pentax K100D,28mm. lens, 1/60 second, f4, iso 400

I’ve used Alien Skins Exposure plug-in for Photoshop to try and replicate the warm tones of Fuji Velvia film for this picture.



Written by curly

October 23, 2007 at 12:01 am

5 Responses

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  1. Ah, too bad! It probably sounded like a great idea; too bad it didn’t turn out that well.


    October 23, 2007 at 2:40 am

  2. Great to catch up with you and your great photos again – i’ve been away in Vietnam and have had shocking phone line connections so have not been around the blogs much. Bought a new camera so had a wonderful time in Vietnam playing with it.


    October 23, 2007 at 8:16 am

  3. Oh I dunno, I quite like it!

    So long as it’s tidied up well when it finally dies a death! 😉


    October 23, 2007 at 10:18 pm

  4. I live rigth next to the park and its nice to walk through it on an evening. Well it was until this “exhibition” arrived. It reminds me of somone throwing a toilet roll out of a high window and letting it get stuck on the trees below. It seems like a real waste of time to me. I hope it didnt take much money to do. Utter rubish Mr Gremain!


    October 25, 2007 at 3:10 pm

  5. I was trying too hard to be diplomatic Graeme, I wondered why such an exhibition wasn’t held in Newcastle or South Shields seeing as they have more connections with the run, then I thought, “Would they be prepared to cough up money to an “artist” for such rubbish”?

    Obviously not.


    October 25, 2007 at 7:09 pm

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