tracing a line along a breath exhaled



 

If the path is at once a trace and a thread, both on the ground and in the air, so too the pedestrian body simultaneously walks and breathes. Exhalation follows inhalation as step follows step in a closely coupled, rhythmic alternation. - Tim Ingold, The Life of Lines (2015)

In walking through this landscape I found myself drawn to how static and solid the path appeared in relation to a the shifting environment around it. The path is still yet it encourages the body to move, to wander, to tread, to stroll, and to stride. The path is still yet is surrounded by boundless energies of growth, of light, of wind, of sounds, that linger above and lay below.

The path is our route through the landscape. It gives us a place from which to experience the surrounding environment, however, as well as being the point of access, the path also acts a parameter, a limitation, controlling time, distance, and direction. In terms of time the path determines (or is) the duration. 

The rhythm of the walk is affected by the path and by the body. The body with its natural rhythm, speed and strength; the path with its inclines, slopes, steps and curves, its variety of surfaces, smooth, soft, hard and uneven ground. All these things determine the rhythm and have the potential to interrupt it, thus the rhythm of the walk becomes naturally embedded within the work. This flirting that occurs between the place and the self is a two way process whereby each affects and is affected by, the other. 

The intensities of landscape, however mundane, soft, or powerful, bourn in and through representations that are imagined, felt, and observed can circulate feelings of belonging but also of detachment. To 'feel' landscape in the expressive poetics of spacing is a way to imagine one's place in the world. The individual can feel so connected with space that s/he no longer is aware, momentarily, of being (merely) human; we may become the event, become landscape.
David Crouch, Flirting with Space: Journeys and Creativity (2010)