...And it’s been awhile since I’ve written much of anything. My reasons for this absence are indeed varied and quite indiscernible. It’s not that I haven’t been alluring places or that I haven’t done compelling things, because I have. In fact, in these past few months, I’ve been, done, and seen a substantial amount far outside the mundane vacuousness that seems to fill the lives of so many people and passersby. However, I know that it isn’t about the locations nor the activities themselves that make a compelling story, but rather they come from an internal state of attentiveness that one carries through space, the constant pushing the limits of personal parameters, and the wholehearted embodiment of wanderlust.
So why have I neglected my writing? I’d like to say it’s because my days have been busy and truly they have, but as such they’ve been even more full of content and characters. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been living out of a car and out of a tent, but I also know the most I’ve written in my life has been in a similar circumstance. When I look back it seems to me like the months have passed in a flash, but also that I’ve slid through them in a dreamlike state, unaware and inattentive to the omnipotent dynamism of society.
I also feel that this project contributes to the pernicious idea that the world is beautiful and without problems, when in regards to the latter the opposite is true. I let myself get captured by the currents of a downward spiral of hopelessness, rendering me unable to think about what’s beautiful and pure because it’s so clear that the wider world and the vast majority of her people are suffering. Poverty, Racism, Corruption, Animosity and Belligerence seem to be the global dogma of our time.
Not without that all that in mind will I resurrect this project, climbing the spiral back out of this dark place. For focusing on what is good, what is beautiful may be just what I need. Dare I say it?... but yes, the natural world is beautiful even though it is in peril. With my photography and writing I will stand and bare witness to the magnificence and ongoing demolition of our home. So if you’ve tuned out – tune back in as I venture to Antarctica, Patagonia and back to Peru!