"Bathing in the Forest and Bathing in the Forest Single Frames"
is a sequence of movies filmed at Safford Farm, Maine, October 2015
The act of walking creates a simple rhythm: left-right; left-right; ... . 1-2; 1-2; ... . No matter how fast or slow, walking always divides time and space into equal parts. The repetitive process suggests the possibility of the infinite, a continuum.
The act of walking creates new ideas, changes perspectives, and stimulates our senses. It raises awareness of our surroundings and where our place is in the environment we are in at that moment. It is a form of meditation, cleansing, and being present.
Walking is an act that we perform all the time. Mostly not thinking about where we go and why and how we do it.
Walking is a way to move from point A to point B, in a conscious or automatic instinctive way.
Walking is a string of events experienced consciously or subconsciously, always recorded and stored in our brain and sometimes actively experienced.
"We would fain take that walk, never yet taken by us through this actual world, which is perfectly symbolical of the path which we love to travel in the interior and ideal world; and sometimes, no doubt, we find it difficult to choose our direction because it does not yet exist distinctly in our idea." H.D. Thoreau
"Place cells help us navigate known environments as well as helping us explore and define our place in new environments. There is a continuous mapping. A continuous representation of the environment wherever you are in the environment." John O'Keefe
The concept determines the framework within which new experience is being created.
H.D. Thoreau, (Walden,1854; Walking,1861)
Henry Beston (Northern Farm: A Chronicle of Maine, 1948)
Hermann Hesse (Trees: Reflections and Poems, 1984)
Manuel Lima (The Book of Trees, 2014)
Kauri (Video 2015: The Silent Friends; https://vimeo.com/135857941)
Alexandra Horowitz (On Looking, 2013)
John O'Keefe (Place navigation and the brain)