“But this fearlessness only follows if, at the parting of the ways, where it is realized that sounds occur whether intended or not, one turns in the direction of those he does not intend. This turning is psychological and seems at first to be a giving up of everything that belongs to humanity – for a musician, the giving up of music. This psychological turning leads to the world of nature, where, gradually or suddenly, one sees that humanity and nature, not separate, are in this world together; that nothing was lost when everything was given away. In fact, everything is gained. In musical terms, any sounds may occur in any combination and in any continuity.”
– John Cage, Experimental Music (1958)
Wandering with my camera is my way of making music; of attuning to the world just as it is, and finding resonance in that attunement.
Each wander represents the gift of an entire day. In this unbounded space, each day becomes its own composition, with its own motifs and refrains. It reveals its own secrets, and writes its own mythologies. Each day introduces me to something new. All it asks for in return is that I give up everything I already know.
Can I reproduce these experiences here? Probably not. But through images, and occasionally a few words and sounds, perhaps I can sketch out some sheet music.