Rethink Unit

Did part of a long distance trail couple years back in northern Sweden. Had to stop after 1/4 of the trail because of health problems. Shot the usual images of the kind of been there, done that, show off on Instagram. Was rushing along the trail not really savouring it.
The images i made don't represent for me what it really felt like to be out there, alone (not lonely!), a very reduced way of living (backpack, tent, cooking gear), away from civilization (no mobile phone coverage, no roads, no powerpoles etc.). I always wanted to go back and spend more time there.

Tired of travel literature / videos, influencer style, glossy; hardly ever what it really is like (rain, cold, dirt, rubbish lying around, environmental issues, hard days).

Started to read Walden by Henry David Thoreau: simple life, experiment to see if he could survive, possibly even thrive, by stripping away all superfluous luxuries, living a plain, simple life in radically reduced conditions. 

Heard a lecture by Max Houghton on reimagining landscape and saw the images of Awoiska van der Molen (which spends time as an *Einzelganger" to shoot landscape), which sparked the idea.

To show what it really feels like and is up/out there I would want to not only use images but also sound and video (never used sound, nor made a video myself) and maybe other artefacts from there.

New for me: video, sound (environmental sound recording), along with the digital medium format camera I am thinking about bringing a medium format 6 x 4.5cm film camera (haven't done a lot with film).

New: don't think but shoot what it feels like, walking as a kind of meditation

 

Images from last trip