Via Appia, Rome, is one of a limited series of digitally created and manipulated prints on hand-made watercolour paper exploring the notion of the: "Grand Tour". From the 18th-century onwards, artists and aristocrats went on "The Grand Tour" of Europe to see for themselves the splendours of ancient Greece and Rome, or the remote Highlands of Scotland, make sketches and buy souvenirs of their travels. It was part of the general education of the educated classes, and the origins of modern tourism. Now (or at least until recently), with budget airlines and digital cameras, almost anyone can embark on their own 'Grand Tour". These images are part of mine. Digital or analogue photographs, treated through the computer, resized, colour altered, filtered to make them look like watercolours and individually printed on hand-made water colour paper, the series takes its name from a book by French theorists Deleuze & Guattari about the interconnectedness of structures of thought but also Jean Baudrillard on postmodern travel, an endless on-going, vicarious journey where everything is different but somehow always the same..
Digital print on hand-made watercolour paper