The lower mainland on the Pacific West Coast of BC, had a fantastic sunny day on Sunday and I didn’t want to wast a minute of it indoors.
On impulse, I decided to go to Buntzen Lake and hike the Buntzen Lake Trail. It’s an 8km trail of climbs and descends through beautiful, lush green lined paths with peek-a-boo vistas of the lake. After 2.5 hrs my knees were disgruntled and threatening a protest, but the mental and emotional effects will outlive the one or two-day recovery my body will need.
Normally, I wouldn’t bring up hiking on art.iculation, but it introduces the perfect opportunity to share and ask what activities you have in place when you need to reflect, find inspiration or explore ideas?
I love sharing experiences, especially if they can help others and I know others would love to hear how you …
- Work through project ideas?
- Dedicate time to observing the way people live in the world?
- Observe the way nature and culture interact in different environments?
- Find those moments when you need to connect with what’s important to you and fuels your work?
I go hiking when I want to internalize ideas and see things differently and it works because I put myself into an environment that is not part of my everyday routine. This is also a great way to decompress.
I also go on photography explorations when I want to investigate how people use public spaces; the marks they leave behind and how they behave in natural and man made environments. When my camera is with me I become a voyeur and I see the world differently.
These are the things I do when I need to turn into myself. When I need to tune-out and turn my mind away from thinking, I go to a movie and allow the magic of cinema to sweep me off my feet.
… What about you?