Friday, November 7, 2008

life on safari: looking down


last month, jennifer new started a discussion group on facebook called 'life on safari', a way to think about everyday experiences through fresh perspectives. her inspiration for this discussion board was dan eldon, a photojournalist killed at the age of 22 while on assignment in somalia in 1993. his life and the journals of his adventures around the world have been documented in several books, including jennifer's dan eldon: the art of life. dan's motto was to live life as if it were a safari, which jennifer describes as "about more than getting from point a to point b...it's about being open to the unexpected. being on safari means living in the moment."

jennifer's first life on safari challenge was to break our regular way of seeing things by looking in a different direction. for me, that would be up - or even at eye level. but before i stuck my head up in the sky to see what was up there, i thought it would be fun to think about why i constantly look down while i walk.

if i'm brave enough to look up, i'll complete this quest in the next post. in the meantime, if any of you are on facebook, please stop by; we'd love to have you go on the next safari with us.

(oh, have you discovered urban sketchers yet? if not, go...)

(daily update: my evening is off to an excellent start with a dose of the onion and a glass of happy shiraz)

14 comments:

L'Atelier said...

reallly great piece. see you on safari

FruensWerk said...

Hehe...like this Aimee...
My head goes up, down, from side to side...Cause don´t wanna mis anything on my walk...and
I always collect Ib´s poo in a plasticbag so I wont tumble in it the next day while maybe looking up...haha
Have a nice weekend

Bella Sinclair said...

This is fabulous, Aimee! Love how every inch is covered. My hunch is that you're a think-walker -- you must be deep in thought. Well, next time you're walking with your head down, keep an eye out for fairy treasure. Nona found part of an eyeglass arm on her walk to school and saved it, because she said it was a lost fairy tool.

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

Made me laugh. The undulation of the lines made me feel like I was walking right along with you!

painted fish studio said...

i love this! and it's sooo me. mostly worrying about tripping and falling. and the eye contact part. eeks.

aimee said...

a lost fairy tool - i love it!

i suspect the real reason is somewhere along the lines of jen's comment - sometimes i don't want to deal with eye contact - but more than anything i was a totally klutzy child and tripped over everything, upstairs, downstairs, and sometimes over nothing - people would walk with me and get so confused. they would say, "you were there one minute and the next you weren't". (because i was in a puddle on the ground). but looking down had its disadvantages too. then i would run into utility poles, stop signs, car mirrors, etc.

cindy : quaint said...

oh, i love this piece so much! i walk with my head down all of the time. bottomline, i'm shy and think, a lot.

●• Tiny Red said...

cool thoughts, i'm sure sure how i walk, like a space cadet, i guess...hahaha
have a great weekend sweetie :))

T

●• Tiny Red said...

i meant, not sure...hehe

Christy said...

You are so good with words. That's exactly how I feel.

Simone said...

Just found your blog (can't believe I have not done so earlier) and fell in love with your work... Adorable!

aimee said...

thanks all! and welcome simone! :)

heather smith jones said...

hi aimee! i'm happy to hear you had a nice friday evening!
i was thinking about this very thing this week. i always look down when i walk. i think for me, i'm always looking for things, like i'll find something. and lately, it's all the beautiful leaves!
off to check out your links...
happy saturday!

Kelly said...

very fun piece aimee! i find that i look down a lot too! how do i join the facebook group? i don't see a link to it.