Where We Were When
I’m taken with landscape. It is a heady word and a vast concept, yet it is our common ground. Statistically it is the most desired of images; it is the art of everyone. We are not confused or frightened in its presence and we find comfort in knowing what it is. We see our lives framed by where we were when. Our world is visualized as landscapes, and we are given context and richness from them. We speak through landscape – it is our wordless storyteller. We are endlessly modifying it to mark our passage through it, our time in it, and our lives spent there.
I want to suggest there is a haven within the change we feel around us on our earth, our landscape. My unpopulated woods are not virginal, but rather, disused. There may be structures and roads in them, but they are not the point—they do not lead anywhere. Rather they infer one may live within growth, within change if one describes it correctly, appreciates the view from where they are now.