This article was first published in the Fall 2019 issue of Island Arts Magazine.

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Local author Kate Harris, who wrote Lands of Lost Borders, Out of Bounds on the Silk Road was being interviewed on CBC radio. ‘There are places you can get to by road and places you can only get to, by being on the road’, she said. What a great phrase, I thought.

Willie Nelson sang about being ‘On the Road Again’, and ‘seeing things that we may never see again’. In their song, Teach your Children, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young added some advice: ‘You, who are on the road, must have a code, that you can live by’. Being on the road implies a journey and, in my case, it’s an artistic journey. The code of my quest is ‘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’? Like the map that shows me the road that will take me out to where the forest meets the sea, my code is a checklist that slows me down and allows me to ponder the wonders in nature that I may never see again. And the only way to get there is by being on the road.

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