When you create a project you build a map of some of your dreams. You place them on the ground to make them “real”. Keeping some distance and being aware of the “smallness” of your dream is very important to keep the eye watching at the whole map, you look at it and you can identify the path, the obstacles you may find, all you have to do to achieve your target (if any ¿?). When it’s on a large scale a map loses its perspective thus you can’t see it clear, you simply get lost among the map itself. What is a map if it is so big you can’t see what’s behind a mountain or which way you should take at a fork? As well as with lists, it loses meaning when is grows, it loses its purpose if you add too many items in your list. It stops being a “selection”, you get lost among all the objects listed. A list of everything is nothing. A too big map leads you nowhere.
The Lonely Walkers started from scratch. Two people. Two cities. We started to love the differences between us, our different styles; even then we wanted to know other people, other styles, and share this place with them. It’s been growing little by little, with hope and thrill…
But sometimes I need to remind me about the little map. If I didn’t do that I would get lost and in all the things I want this project to be, for me and for you. The little map is always there, like a soft voice, telling me I should enjoy every single step I take. And then I can see it all clear. What matters now is not what we achieve but that we all enjoy from it. Discovering photographers, talking to them, reading their interviews, enjoying their work, starting new collaborations and projects, meeting them, making friends, dozens and dozens of emails… That is the wonderful landscape of our trip.
Create your own map.
(taken in the summer of 2008, titled “a map to the stars”, it’s one of my favourite pictures. I always go back to it to feel the details of a constellation of ideas.)