On The Road - John Warden

Local author Kate Harris, when she was interviewed on CBC radio, said that: ‘There are places you can get to by road and places you can only get to, by being on the road’. She could be talking about me, trying to find my way, I thought.

Road themes are popular in stories and song. Willie Nelson for example sings about being ‘On the Road Again’, and of ‘seeing things that we may never see again’. It’s Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young though in their song, ‘Teach your Children’, who actually provide a bit of advice: ‘You, who are on the road, must have a code, that you can live by’. Fortunately, over the course of my quest, a personal code or mantra has evolved: ‘colour, light and line’. Every time I look through the viewfinder of my camera, I ask myself, ‘what is the colour telling me, what is the light showing me and where are the lines taking me’? My code is a checklist that slows me down and allows me to ponder moments in nature that, I may never see again. And the only way for me to get to a such places of wonder is, by being on the road.

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