Photo Essay

Out Walking: A Sort of Crusade


It is a bit difficult to properly explain why simply walking, sauntering--needs to be a key method to occasion learning. At a time when busy busy busy and faster faster faster seems to be the mode of work, slowing down to make enough empty space in which to learn may seem frivolous and even perhaps, unnecessary.

I want to suggest walking about may be the most necessary action we make.

For so long we have mistakenly privileged being well educated with knowing explicit knowledge, the type one learns at school or through books. Yet, there is also tacit knowledge: when you know more than you can say. Learning walks occasion tacit knowledge and are essential practice for photographers.

The images shown here were made while walking. During these walks, trees were the focus.

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12 responses

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (4 Nov 2011):

    Lovely. And thought provoking.

  • Tom Harvey

    Tom Harvey   gave props (5 Nov 2011):

    Awesome story - thank you. I have always been of the opinion that walking is as crucial to my creativity and sanity as air is to my survival. Beautiful images! Love your work!

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (5 Nov 2011):

    Fantastic photos & excellent suggestion!

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly said (5 Nov 2011):

    Thanks Dorothy, Tom and Claire. Out walking is critical.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Nov 2011):

    Brava, my friend. Outstanding work. I not only view walking as essential to my health, but an integral part of the creative process.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (8 Nov 2011):


  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (11 Nov 2011):

    Love it! my vote!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (11 Nov 2011):

    Well said...and what beautiful images. A great meditation

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff gave props (24 Nov 2011):

    Gorgeous set of photos. Each one a winner!

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly said (24 Nov 2011):

    Thanks everyone. Appreciate you taking time to view and comment.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (23 Dec 2011):

    These images are great, Mary Ann. This motivates me to go back to my morning walk, and maybe bring my camera with me. Outstanding work, voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 May 2015):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

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