I have had such doubts about myself and the project since the beginning, but seeing the final result just feels so damn good.
The book was made through online publisher Blurb and I am really pleased with what they've produced as well as how quickly the book came to me. Seeing my work in this format really has confirmed for me that the book was definitely the right way to go.
But why Foreign Harbour?
My work since the beginning has been about my disconnect to my past and home town of Workington, which I referred to in an earlier post as being a tourist. This is where Foreign comes from. Foreign for me isn't just the unfamiliar, but almost has a negative connotation to it. Used almost as a derogatory word for international.. maybe that's just me. I wanted this to connect to home, so Foreign Home was a possibility. The word home however felt so obvious and just not quite right. In comes the use of a thesaurus..
harbour - a place on the coast where ships may moor in shelter, especially one protected from rough water by piers, jetties, and other artificial structures. (definition taken from Google)
Is that not exactly what home should be? Metaphorically speaking - a place to protect us from the rough waters of life? Workington is also situated on the Cumbrian coast, the shore and harbour being an important part of the town. Harbour was the perfect word for this project.
Now just the exhibition to tackle in the next couple of weeks..