Waters of March.


Attempt #01
Ten days bikepacking clockwise around the coast of Taiwan.
March 2018


A stick, a stone
It's the end of the road
It's the rest of a stump
It's a little alone


It's a sliver of glass
It is life, it's the sun
It is night, it is death
It's a trap, it's a gun


The oak when it blooms
A fox in the brush
A knot in the wood
The song of a thrush

The wood of the wind
A cliff, a fall
A scratch, a lump
It is nothing at all

It's the wind blowing free
It's the end of the slope
It's a beam, it's a void
It's a hunch, it's a hope

And the river bank talks
Of the waters of March
It's the end of the strain
The joy in your heart

The foot, the ground
The flesh and the bone
The beat of the road
A slingshot's stone

A fish, a flash
A silvery glow
A fight, a bet
The range of a bow

The bed of the well
The end of the line
The dismay in the face
It's a loss, it's a find



A Creative Proposal.

Waters of March.

Art Resulting from the Experience of a Journey.

Human Powered — Human Speed — Human Interaction.

During March of any given year while in the act of human powered travel, document your personal interpretation and experience of ‘the journey’ through photography1. Each photograph to be taken in succession following the lyrics of “Waters of March” (Águas de Março) by Antônio Carlos Jobim.2

For example; the second verse.

It's a sliver of glass
It is life, it's the sun
It is night, it is death
It's a trap, it's a gun

Equivalent to seven photographs taken in the order of: 1; It's a sliver of glass, 2; It is life, 3; it's the sun, 4; It is night, 5; it is death, 6; It's a trap, 7; it's a gun.

Attempt to complete all 24 verses, a total of 135 photographs3. Interpreting the lyrics as you see fit, don’t skip, don’t fake, do play and find joy in your heart. Present4 the resulting photographs5 in a media of choice, remembering to be responsible and that the journey experience is the purpose.

James Gibson


Noted:
  1. Interpretation of ‘photography’ left to the discretion of the individual artist.
  2. Version and language left to the discretion of the individual artist.
  3. Equivalent total in a language other than English.
  4. Share with me: james@arukari.co
  5. However many photographs completed within the journey.