I followed this photograph’s journey for a while. I lost the track of it round about after summermlee posted the work that he, and other collaborators, made based on this photograph. Recently Emily Hughes posted a request for another address for a memory to be made. She felt it wasn’t time for its journey to end. Bravely, I put myself forward as a possible next participant. I don’t like journeys to end merely because there’s nowhere else to go.
In reading others’ entries I was struck by how people must’ve changed within themselves within this year (this month is a year since the journey started) it took for this photograph to travel this world.
Within myself, a year ago, I was too shy, had too little self confidence. I’ve since taken part in other collaborations which gave me the faith (thanks summermlee) in my work to forward my address so the next memory could be made based on this photograph.
One is on a journey whether one stays put or not. I’ve had times when a walk to the kitchen from my bedroom was epic. I traversed some of the mountain (a real one) on which I stay in the meantime. Work processes, spiritual growth, reaching for maturity of mind, health, finding peace, (at some cost); all are, were, will be journeys.
The image is ephemeral, transient, non-specific, unfixed in any given time or space. This journey of this photograph can be traced and is being accumulated into one specific place. One can’t help but wonder what Emily’s motive is for facilitating this? Searching to See, probably.
This may sound strange, even fickle, but ideas are a dime a dozen sometimes. I had, in fact, set aside some prints, images scanned in, photos of my own, photos of the parcel and its contents, other ephemera, to use. Which I then didn’t use. A spontaneous reaction to a post by Nannus on Asifoscope found me flying into the studio, the place that other people would call a lounge, and I started the work with whatever I could lay my hands on. So the process the artwork went through, became the journey. I recorded various stages of the work process and posted this on my site. It seems collaborating in, discussing, blogging about art is good for me at present.
Rudolf Arnheim, in Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, said: Every memory has an address. I have the book next to me as I write. Couldn’t find the entry in order to give a chapter and page number. It may very well fall under the chapter called Light. Something cryptic, as is the photograph: this is ironic. With respect to the past.
Reblogged this on pviljoen and commented:
My contribution to Journey of a Photograph.
I love the way you have processed this as a series of steps, instead of one giant leap. There is always something more that can be added to this journey…
Hi! Thanks for appreciating this. I’m about to edit the post. I worked late last night and this morning thought how idiotic it is not to post the pics of the process itself. So kindly have another look.
I’ll do that
so glad you’ve posted all of those steps together. Great to see the whole creative process
Thanks Kiwiskan. The photo with a person (you?) looking out over the ocean has stuck in my mind. It provokes such longing.
Petru – it’s been fascinating following your own journey with this artwork on your blog, too. It’s funny how we don’t always end up following our original intentions. I’m glad you found your direction eventually. It wasn’t what I expected from your original post, but it’s a beautifully textured piece which seems to be as much about the process as about the finished work; transition, transformation, movement, journeys are all at play here. I like the way you call the contributions ‘memories’ too – luckily there will now hopefully be lots more memories to be made! Thank you for yours – Emilyx
Fascinating work/ journey – i love the rich depth of image and meaning you have created.
Thank you very much.
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Petru’s journey… the photograph travels on, and this is a wonderfully multi-layered response…
Fascinating. What a lovely contribution! The layers and shifts in the work a journey themselves.
Journey within a journey. Thanks for stopping by.
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Terrific collaborative project – keeps growing, becoming, changing all of us who have had a part!
yes, our pieces were changed again!
Sorry I’m so late in responding – Blogs got lost in the day to day journey of our lives. I agree with Nathan – What an interesting view of the journeys we take within ourselves.
No apology needed. Thanks for taking the time. I can’t wait for the next stop of the journey.