I drifted today. I conducted a dérive, wandering aimlessly throughout the downtown of Ocala. I did modify the directions a bit and although I wandered without purpose of destination and really no plan of route, I used my longboard to commute quickly through the various ambiances I encountered.
Along the way I skated on the roads, sidewalks and stopped at seven different random locations to gather a collection of found ground cover. Generally, I would pause randomly at times, noticing things and taking survey photos. There was no pattern, no method other than the simple rules of stopping seven times, pausing and taking photos of interest. Seven times I collected items into seven ziplock bags marking each one per stop in order. I used my iPhone5s compass to pull up my direction and geolocation. I took a screen shot of all seven locations, a document of my presence. I took the items collected home.
Once home I arranged those items into an aesthetic design and photographed them as final pieces of art. I then used my iPhone and an application called, Juxtaposer, to superimpose the compass onto my images. Meshing the images of found items with the geolocation, gives the viewer a sense of the area and displays the minute details found there . These moments and items collected seem insignificant, yet tell stories of differences, similarities, discovery and imprints, from humankind and nature.
In reality these moments and objects are fleeting much like the dérive itself. In process, I would pause, take survey photos (included below) and keep a spoken journal via texting myself notes and observations along the way. The text became a stream of consciousness type of dialogue. These process notes were captured via voice recognition/texting. There are some nonsensical errors due to inconsistencies with the iPhone software. The examples are included for raw documentation purposes.
These insignificant moments and spaces that make up our lives are actually moments of great importance, if only that they connect us to the next.
Art Educator, Professional Photographer, Journalist. Alumni - B.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design