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14 June 2021


A few words on context


The words and images in the video were created earlier this year at a difficult time in March 2021.


Personal 'stuff' and seemingly unrelenting UK lockdowns weighed heavy on aching shoulders. For this reason the images and words aren't a feathered float across picturesque landscape typically seen in my blog posts. This piece is raw and far from easy to share.


We're now in June and facing new challenges. I'm finding the whole 'emerging from lockdown' situation has welcomed new anxieties (or indeed old ones) to the surface. It's a relief to be free again to wander to even more wild places. Walks in nature have such a precious place of healing and wonder in my everyday life, as perhaps is the case for you as well?


I'm blessed to have the time, space and resources to be able to explore concepts, ideas and experiences through art. No doubt this video is an attempt at that, as I expect all my creative work is. It's also my way of constructing meaningful personal stories, and doing this is not only cathartic but healing.


Telling stories of our lives can be difficult to do. When we're in the middle of living chaos and struggle this brings us to whatever we're experiencing in that moment. It's only with time to process do things start to make sense. As Margaret Atwood wrote in the book 'Alias Grace':


When you are in the middle of a story it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood . . . It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all.

Living our stories then can be a 'wreckage' or a murky 'splintered' mess like 'shattered glass' or 'splintered wood'. To put this another way, when in the middle of a story it's not a coherent tale but rather a whirlwind of thoughts, sensations and emotions that's most prescient and relevant.


This understanding could be applied to the 'story' told through the video about a day in March that I'm only now able to tell a coherent story about.


A few notes on method


I've crafted this blog as a video in order to explore new ways to bring you, the audience, along with me as I move through nature. I love the idea of creating multi-sensory works and using video shuffles my steps closer to combining photography with spoken word or performance art.


I hope you get better sense of movement and flow from this new method than in previous posts. I'm still learning how to put things like this together so please excuse the amateur nature of this video created in MS Powerpoint. Perhaps next time the quality will be better and I'll have acquired more knowledge so audio can be added.


I heartily welcome hearing about your response to this post if you feel drawn to share this.


Thank you for watching/reading.


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Footnote: The images in the video were created with a Canon 200D + Canon EFS 18-135mm f3-5.6 IS STM lens. Edits in Lightroom.

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molly.triplett
molly.triplett
19 jun 2021

I love this. I'm sending love as we make our way through this year. One foot in front of the other. Hugs to the pups - Molly

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Dee Lister
22 jun 2021
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Thank you kindly Molly. A virtual hello and hugs to your long dog too :)

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JOHN MARTIN
JOHN MARTIN
14 jun 2021

Thank You Dee. I thought the imagery was fantastic and for me the video playing with no associated soundtrack made it very powerful. Take Care. John

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Dee Lister
14 jun 2021
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That's great to know and thank you ever so for your enthusiasm and kindness. Helpful to hear how you found the lack of soundtrack too. Someone else fed back the same thing about power in the silence. Gives me a few things to think about for future videos. Thanks again John and have a great day. Dee

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evendawn
14 jun 2021

An eloquent and simple way of expressing emotional uncertainty and struggle which, I'm sure, many people will identify with as their unspoken experience also.

Thanks for sharing your innermost thoughts, Dee ❣️🤗

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Dee Lister
14 jun 2021
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Thank you kindly, that's beautiful to hear. It makes sharing these sorts of posts worthwhile knowing that they reach a few people. Much gratitude for your comment :)

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hilda.smith2
14 jun 2021

So sorry, Dee, that you have been struggling so much but thank you for sharing that part of your journey. It was very moving and a powerful way of telling your story. Hxx

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Dee Lister
14 jun 2021
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Thank you so much for reading this Hilda, and for your kind words and feedback. I really appreciate it and an so glad the post spoke to you. Heartfelt thanks. Dx

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