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A Refracted View

A Refracted View

By A Refracted View

A socially engaged arts project that considers ideas of accessibility and our relationship to our environment. Through walking, talking, sharing, making.
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Entry 10: Introducing The Cards

A Refracted View Oct 29, 2021

Entry 10: Introducing The Cards

Entry 10: Introducing The Cards

Try it out. Go for a walk. Discover things. Respond. 

Oct 29, 202102:34
Entry 9: You're Refracted Up

Entry 9: You're Refracted Up

A workshop on walking cards and prompts for experiencing the world differently...perhaps at a slower pace. Now you're refracted up and ready to go. 

Jun 18, 202105:35
Entry 8: Opportunity Is a Good Word

Entry 8: Opportunity Is a Good Word

Led by Amy Johnson. With thanks to the members of East Kent Mencap for their beautiful reflections on what this idea of refracted really means. 

May 26, 202105:51
Entry 7: Spaces for Thinking
May 26, 202103:16
Entry 6: Edging In From The Margins

Entry 6: Edging In From The Margins

Contribution by Owen Lowery. The Crash Wake Poems no.30

May 21, 202101:24



“haw! hrr, haw!”

— the others


don’t be lured by the phenomenal emptiness of leaves

study a composite, cloud-free view of the world:

the rain forests and rivers provide all of our needs


our planet speaks a knot of properties

luminous details flash mating signals

through the night of mind


inhibiting travel at the speed of light

the way up & the way down

are points of light crowding out the dark

an exploding quasar


is the principle objective of humanity

an experiment with numbers


data absorbed in loops and clusters

no single point of energy

burst & feeds on the word form

on the look-out for new structures, which may be old

getting high on the J-curve


life disposed in packets: mud, quill, badger

species enter focus as high birds

track them to crystal & remeld the gradations

gathered around the fire let knowledge go

as words boil up, spoon out clusters


make transfers by pressing eyeballs to the page

become the frame, the parameter, the signpost and road

leading to evidence: of stone heads, backs to sea


ghosts of palms, conifers & mahogany

hang in the smoky haze of the room


you are open, fields, a pathless way

look out from the corners of your eyes


a fish in a forest on a fjord

no longer resists

Jonathan Skinner 

May 17, 202102:16
Entry 4: Slow Down

Entry 4: Slow Down

"As a photographer, refraction is integral to the image making process. Refraction happens in the camera lens, and again in the enlarger lens, bending the light through the concave lens to produce an image. The light is physically slowed down through the interruption of the glass lens, with the aim to produce or document the image on the outside of the lens.

On a more conceptual level, refraction to me means allowing a chance for the interruption of time, and in this space are opportunities. It's important to me that the image making process is slow. To create my images, I venture off on foot, either walking or running or on a push bike with my 35mm camera by my side. Creating the space for moments to happen, this is where I feel I really begin to experience life outside of a social construct. The images form a kind of archive of the time spent outdoors, which are reflected upon at a later date and printed in the darkroom. To quote Nan Shepherd in her book The Living Mountain "My eyes were in my feet".

Being refracted, to me, means to be slowed down, to change your perspective from the norm & to create a space where magic happens."

socials: @emilyroseparris

May 15, 202106:49
Entry 3: Interwoven

Entry 3: Interwoven

For every contribution 'A Refracted View' receives - Elspeth takes a thread to represent the people and their ideas. She weaves these threads together to form a rope. This is an ancient Andean culture of communication. The ropes form quipus. They are emotional and physical records. A way of communicating across time. 

May 13, 202102:31
Entry 2: Where will you go?

Entry 2: Where will you go?

"As with light,  if it is unable penetrate its way in a straight line it will deviate and alter it’s course. Having our directions altered by Covid has left us all reeling and wondering how to find our way forward."

Melody Bottle #Refracted

Apr 30, 202106:36


We are starting this journal to share in our storytelling. This is a project sharing local stories created with artists, friends, and East Kent Mencap members.

We will consider where we live, how we live and how we might live. These stories will be brought to life through A Refracted View.

Apr 14, 202103:22