As I await the feedback on my proposal, I am continuing to explore narrative approaches to the project. Recent political events have, in my mind, cast further doubt on the likelihood that development will be approved and that alters the calculus on a major element of the originally envisioned project. On the other hand, underlying the subtle and not so subtle aspects of the controversy, most of which are not visible, lies the place, Coul Links, which goes on oblivious to the attempts to alter or preserve it.
So, I find myself asking; is the controversy about the potential development even important at this point or is it just noise hovering around the periphery of a more enduring story? Or conversely; is the place only significant and on my radar because of the controversy of the potential development? Would anyone notice or care truly about Coul Links had someone not proposed building a golf course there? After all it has been a designated site for a quarter century, and no one really seemed to care that that the site was not being maintained as it was meant to be. It is perhaps only because of the proposed development that anyone aside from local residents are even aware of the environmental designations assigned to the site.
And here is the crux of the issue with regard to FMP; which perspective to adopt and which chapter of the story to tell. I have begun the process of looking through all of my contact sheets and archives of the work done on the course and I have also started researching the print and on-line sources that addressed the Coul Links development. I can see potential narratives from several perspectives and yet I haven’t enough clarity or conviction to settle on one just yet.
I think perhaps the process of choosing photographs may help a narrative emerge. Additionally, the archival research from the news coverage over the past 3 years will also support the narrative. Time to get on with it.