We Make the Path by Walking
MJ: An understated and ultimately warming book on walking as a mode of transport and mode of meditation. Comparisons with The Pond are perhaps inevitable with the subject matter and considered image making but this is no homage and should be seen in it’s own right. The world Gaffney choses to frame each time he makes an image seems significant, relevant to us and our journey yet soon it slips to the back of the mind and we carry on with a feeling, a memory, rather than an indelible imprint on our mind.
During 2012 I walked over 3,500 kilometres with the aim of creating a body of work which would explore the idea of walking as a form of meditation and personal transformation.
My intention was to create a series of quiet, meditative images, which would evoke the experience of being immersed in nature and capture the essence of the journey. The images seek to engage the viewer in this walk, and to communicate a sense of the subtle internal and psychological changes which one may undergo while negotiating the landscape.
– Paul Gaffney