in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks
over recent weeks i’ve been thinking about walking. not just about putting one foot in front of the other, but as a way of connecting with a place at a particular point in time and then using this experience in my creative practice.
last summer i was involved in an exciting project run by gaukestane arts, where we explored the bennachie range and responded to it in many ways including sculpture, drawing, making with clay, story telling and music. this project reenforced my interest in ‘walking with a purpose’ and confirmed that this activity is something that i’d like to integrate further into the way i work.
the connection between walking and creativity is not a new concept, many indigenous peoples and religions use walking as part of their practice. Indigenous Australians are recorded as using Songlines or Dreaming tracks, Buddhists use walking meditation and IrishTravellers or in Irish an Lucht Siúil, means literally ‘the walking people’.
the seven walks, all within seven miles of my home, gave me a chance to stop, slow down and connect to places i had either not been to before or ones that were very familiar. with an open mind, blank sheet of paper and a camera i embarked on each walk with one purpose – to connect to these places in a new way.
each walk provided me with a host of information from the sights, sounds, smells, colours, textures, patterns of these places at that time. All great starting points for developing some new things.