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  • THE SPEED OF DARK AND DRAWING

    THE SPEED OF DARK AND DRAWING

    The last bits of light over the river, photo courtesy of Josh Crompton

    15th December Day 20

    Rise time 0700 (though prematurely awake from 0300) Scheduled bedtime 0140

    1400 7 hours after rising (and frustratingly 11 after waking) Josh and I walk down the highway to the beginning of the Pikku-Malla track so I can draw the river during the light-to-dark transition which (currently) occurs over the hour 1500.

    As the light leaches from the landscape I am progressively unable to see the marks I'm making or distinguish depths of field. The speed at which the dark settles in, and the way it effortlessly renders me blind is unnerving. My eyes do their best to fill in blanks, which I do my best to ignore. Utilising touch, sound and what is left of my sight I sketch and notate thoughts and observations as they spark from the corporeal experience of this specific space and moment. I begin to deduce a returning fascination with the way the darkest shapes bleed into one another and endeavour to pursue this further. As per my earlier study of 5am on day 19 I have retrieved and written down some of the specific moments otherwise buried in a mass of illegible scrawling.

    Below: The light at the end of drawing is gone (taken with flash)