Unhistoric Acts and Unvisited Tombs, 2019 –

The title of this series is taken from the closing paragraph of George Eliot’s great novel Middlemarch:

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

The writer is celebrating the quiet life of the key character Dorothea, who devoted herself to a much older husband, Casaubon, with whom she had a disappointing marriage. After his death, she inherited his fortune but gave it up in order to marry Casaubon’s cousin, Will Ladislaw, choosing the happiness of an ordinary life, over what wealth might have offered her.

This series is inspired by HB Drawing’s As I Walked Out project  which has taken us to places on the outskirts of London, going to places that aren’t usually seen as destinations. These trips reveal the mundane and the mysterious side by side in these ordinary corners of suburbia, corners which seem to me to manifest the forlorn and the hopeful side by side.