I arrived in Ballarat on Wednesday evening and spent Thursday and Friday working there. Although I didn’t get a weekend for shooting, I went for long walks in the evenings.
I’m sitting in my hotel room on a rainy Saturday morning in Brisbane the day after Cyclone Marcia made her mark on the city and surrounding areas. I’m working up my motivation to go out and explore in spite of the soggy mess. In the mean time, here are some blanck-and-white Instagrams from Bendigo, where I spent the weekend and 3 work days this week.
It’s Sunday morning in Launceston, Tasmania and I’m off to photograph Cataract Gorge again today. I arrived Friday afternoon with the weekend to enjoy the sites before work begins on Monday. I’m in Tassie for one week and then the adventure continues in Victoria, Queensland & New South Wales. I sure do miss the Buffalo snow. (Wink).
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
– Neil Gaiman
“The moon is brighter since the barn burned down.” – Chinese Proverb
Sometimes in my travels I come across barns. I travel a lot. I photograph wherever I am. My job has required me to get around locally and regionally as well and there are farms all over Western NY. I have friends that live all over the area too. Naturally, I see a lot of barns when I travel to visit them. As an artist, I’ve always been drawn to blue highways and photographing rural landscapes (like this one).
And sometimes I do come upon scenes like the ones below that make me stop and take a photograph of a barn, as so many people do.
“No one sees the barn,” he said finally.
A long silence followed.
“Once you’ve seen the signs about the barn, it becomes impossible to see the barn.”
He fell silent once more. People with cameras left the elevated side, replaced at once by others.
“We’re not here to capture an image, we’re here to maintain one. Every photograph reinforces the aura. Can you feel it, Jack? An accumulation of nameless energies.”
There was an extended silence. The man in the booth sold postcards and slides.
“Being here is a kind of spiritual surrender. We see only what the others see. The thousands who were in the past, those who will come in the future. We’ve agreed to be a part of a collective perception. This literally colors our vision. A religious experience in a way, like all tourism.”
– from White Noise by Don DeLillo
Be careful going in search of adventure – it’s ridiculously easy to find.
A long time ago, a boyfriend in Kansas City pointed me to Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon because of my love of the open road. These days, my travel is largely work related and consists of getting into airplanes and making my way from city to city. I love cities. And it is for that reason that I also pine for the open road as an escape from time to time. Sometimes just driving and soaking in the scenery is like vitamins to me, even if I never take a single photograph.
I was driving along Seneca Turnpike near Clinton, NY when I came upon this strange scene and decided to stop and investigate. I’m sure there’s a story here, but I have no idea what it could possibly be.
“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do, especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat-Moon