This forms part of my view most days from around 7:30 to 4:30 each day. The space is shared with me by either one or both of our kittens Spike & Smudge.
This room has a Northerly aspect. I get to watch the light all day. It’s marvellous. The kittens are good company too.
I recently read somewhere, perhaps in a Bryan Formals newsletter, that one way to cope with the overwhelming news of the Pandemic, begin one’s day by Output rather than Input.
So this morning I went out and made pictures in the still wet backyard, we’ve had tons of rain here, it cried out to have some pictures made. Then I wrote this blog post. I have yet to open my email or a webpage other than flickr.
Walking is a side interest of mine. There are parts of my suburb, Sunshine, that I walk often. As for the remainder of Melbourne, I usually drive or catch a train to any other destinations. Driving allows me some flexibility in terms of equipment. I can carry everything. Walking requires a choice. Usually Digital or Analogue. Mostly Digital if I was honest.
Through Andy Adams I discovered Craig Mod. Craig is an expatriate of the USA living in Japan. He walks A LOT. He is a writer, photographer, and walker. I first heard of him and his unusual publishing experiment in May last year. The premise is simple and something I have long wondered about. He texted an image once a day over six weeks as he walks 1000 kilometres in Japan. He also recorded a sound bite at the same time each morning. The pictures were sent via SMS each morning Japan time. You could if chose respond. However, Craig would not see or know of your response until the end of the journey. Here are his 3 parameters for the whole affair.
- I’m curious about using the network to publish without being used by it.
- I’m curious about fleeting, non-permanent online gatherings.
- I’m curious about drawing “edges” around walks.
A few days ago, Craig published an essay on a walk he conducted the full length of the Ise-ji path starting at Ise Grand Shrine up north, ending some eight days later at Hayatama Shrine in Shingu down south. It’s a long read but Craig is an excellent writer.
Given Australia’s relative youth there are very few tracks of this nature here. There are some that I am aware of, Tasmania for example has several. Most National and State parks have some short walks too. An interesting side note would be that all of the new infrastructure projects here in Melbourne at least, often include a bike path.
Earlier this year I noticed callout for a shift in approach to social media. Andy Adams, Bryan Formhals, Jorg Colberg Noah Kalina and Alec Soth all are writing and distributing via means outside of Facebook or Twitter. Lewis Bush began the year by advocating for a shift away from Twitter. I am still predominantly reading online via an RSS news reader called NetNewsWire. Combined with my Alumni access to RMIT‘s online resources and the SLV’s online collection there’s no shortage of reading material. Yesterday’s quote by Teju Cole came from Bryan Formal’s newsletter for example
This morning in my in-box was an email from Photoshelter. It had a link to a projects at home idea document, within that document a link to John Baldessari’s tasks he set for his own students. I am really like Baldessari’s you can download it from SFMOMA’s site the Photoshelter one was good too, access it here.
Here’s a quick a taster of Baldessari’s:-
“Using photography, prove a point as in a science fair diorama, display, tableau, such as: ‘How quickly does bread mold under certain conditions?’, ‘Is plant growth hampered by use of conditioned water?’, ‘What is the effect of colored lights on plants?’” He goes on to suggest a few more ideas, but you get the picture: use your camera to conduct a “scientific” inquiry into something that makes you curious.