Andrew’s world in Japan


Seat Of Solace

Andrew Artist & researcher based in KL since 2009, passionately exploring the creative process & connecting with other creative people.

As a traveller Part 1

As a traveler, I embrace the “leave no trace” philosophy. Walking the path of many before me, it’s not my place nor goal to drop any kind of trail. The often quoted little phrase “Take Only Photographs; Leave Only Footprints” is what this piece of writing is a dedication to. If I can manage, I’ll not even leave footprints. Makes me feel more ninja. Plenty of photos are taken though. More recently, I just seek a place of solace in the shade and attempt to breath it all in.

Path To Wherever

Path To Wherever

Still with Shikoku underfoot, I’m walking through a series of photos taken during calm photo-crawl explorations. With calming light breezes and softly rolling waves, it’s easy enough to forget all about the camera though. Just sit, feel the trickle of sunlight, breathe in the fresh air and possibly even stick your toes into the sand. The path of the traveler can lead to virtually anywhere. There is no shortage of locations. And add to that, seasonal changes bring multiple views, colors and lightings.

Whether it be for an event or of in nature, I aim to blend in with the environment and become the photo. It’s easy enough to compose, adjust the settings and capture a viable image. It’s another to become part of the story taking place. There’s no requirement to leave anything specifi c. It may not even produce a spectacular photo, but you feel it. Like Anita Desai relates, “wherever you go becomes a part of

Seeing A Piece Of Shikoku

Seeing A Piece Of Shikoku

you somehow.” Opening up to your path as a traveler does just that with every image you choose to capture.

Exploring Shikoku, be it beaches, parks, abandoned buildings or in the higher altitude areas I found myself really deeply feeling a connection. Even shadows of trees, clouds or benches felt like my own shadow. I’ve encountered this feeling in the highlands of Mexico as the clouds rolled above and their shadows cruised along the earth. Or sitting along the steps in the Andes mountain’s ancient Incan capital Machu Picchu. Strike a tuning fork and match the note on a guitar or piano. It carries much that same feeling. G.K. Chesterton says “the traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” To tread lightly is be like nature itself. Nature has no desire to damage itself. I suppose it’s overly humanistic of me to even proposClipboarder.2015.07.07-006e that nature has any desire at all.

To be continued.