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.
“Street artists, advertising agencies and the authorities are in the middle of a space race.
It’s a lot less about little green men and much more about spray paint and stencils. But the stakes are still sky high. Artists are busy commandeering as many city surfaces as their paints will allow, authorities are trying to neutralise the threat, while advertising agencies are keen to clone the potency of hand painted art.”
I have a small series of work that looks at much more ephemeral art of peeling advertising posters. Which is a kind of street art.
I made the picture above on the Sunday before stage 2 restrictions were brought into effect. We had taken a Sunday drive to explore real estate.
Autumn in Melbourne is usually a prolific time for me. The light is beginning to change for the better. I have a two week break from my job, and with a reliable steady income it is easy to be spontaneous and often drive somewhere for the sake of it.
Not so this year.
Despite this lack of movement on my part there have been many, many, emails form all kinds of cultural organisations with ideas for keeping creatively busy. There has been funding support and peer support across every level of the industry. Of course this could only happen because of the internet. This is a wonderful thing. I have submitted a project to HAFNY’s online callout “walking” as a consequence. Not to mention the Ballarat International Foto Biennale is partnering with FORMAT International Photography Festival and Gallery of Photography Ireland to create a visual record of the COVID-19 crisis on Instagram. [Use the tags, #massisolation and #massisolationAUS].
Still; I hanker to go outside follow my intuition while driving with a car load of equipment or walking with some equipment.
I guess I will hibernate in my darkroom.