The 'strip maps' of John Ogilby were amongst the first road maps of England and Wales. First produced in 1675, these were 'process' maps rather than the 'state' maps with which we are more familiar from the conventional road atlas. Process maps showed the route from one specific place to another and consequently distorted spatial geography at the expense of illustrating the traveller's route as a straight line with landmarks and junctions indicated to confirm the correct route.
One of the things that attracts me to these maps is the concept of trajectory, of a narrative that they capture and offer to us even today, over 330 years later. Their scroll structure is also very much like a strip of film with its unfolding trajectory.
Process maps have become more common in the age of the internet, the personalised point-to-point route maps supplied by motoring organisations have a similar structure and purpose, as do SatNavs.
"Heading Home" is a stand-alone piece based upon the experience of visiting my aging and ailing father, along part of Ogilby's route 50. I would like to think that the theme of the film is memory & history; of how quickly memory becomes history; and of the traces that history leaves upon individual experience.
'Heading Home is one of a continuing series, The Ogilby Project. However, the latter is based largely around route 76, King's Lyn to Norwich & Yarmouth.