Desire Paths

In a book by Nicholas Crane, “Two Degrees West” – in which he tells of a walk due south across England – he writes:

“Claire was photographing desire paths… the imprints of foot anarchists, individuals who had trodden their own routes into the landscape, regardless of the intentions of government, planners and engineers. A desire path could be a short cut through waste ground, across the corner of a civic garden or down an embankment. They were expressions of free will, ‘paths with a passion’, an alternative to the strictures of railings, fences and walls that turned individuals into powerless apathetic automatons. On desire paths you could break out, explore, feel your way across the landscape.”

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