This writing project is a collection of essays about prospecting in the desert environment. It has always been called A Long Walk Over Uneven Ground. It has been a work-in-progress for over 5 years.
It is an inquiry into the influence of space. The focus within each essay is specific to a particular place (in the desert). Based on journal writings and thoughts gathered during a series of working journeys into the Sonora desert regions of the northern Baja Peninsula, the Basin and Range topography of Nevada and its southern extent in the state of Sonora, Mexico, the manuscript is an internal dialog with the desert: what is seen at the surface and what that stimulates of internal musings and thoughts. The narrative description of prospecting provides the perspective and acts as a metaphor for the process of change, the way language used to describe rock formation is relevant to the metaphysical worlds we move through and enquires into the translation of abstract space into real place using maps as a framework that confines being within a physical space.
Having gathered experiences working as a prospector in the intermontane desert which extends from Mexico north through the United States, I want to continue to document my experiences at locations within the northern extent of this desert in British Columbia, specifically within what is referred to as the Interior Plateau. I want to see how the quality of light and the sensory experience of color might be different here than in the southern portions of this desert. In order to do this, I need to live on the land, as close to it as I can get, and stay there. I have to move across its surface and feel how it exerts its influence upon me.
I would like to contribute to the awareness of this unique environment and create a connection to the better-known deserts of the south portion, to the experiences where I first recognized my love of this space. I hope that the writing that might result from this relationship would be a celebration of this environment and nurture awareness of its fragility and visual influence upon our spiritual equilibrium.
NEXT WEEK: The Art of Prospecting: A Long Walk Over Uneven Ground…Vignette VIII