I am grateful for curiosity...
Photos and copy courtesy Carol Elizabeth Fudge. Please follow the link to read her blog, Treks, Trails and Tales
I recently attended my second Unscripted Twillingate festival and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My first event was presented by TA Loeffler at the Beothuk Interpretion Centre in Boyd’s Cove, NL. I think everyone must know who TA is but, if not, just click her link above and have an adventure! This event, Miksang Photography Adventure, was joyful, contemplative and stirring to the senses. Miksang was a new word for me; it is Tibetan and basically means ‘good eye’.
First we participated in a mediation session with TA and then we had a drumming demonstration by staff member Desmond Canning of the Beothuk Interpretation Centre Provincial Historic Sites.
Desmond made this drum from spruce, steamed the wood and molded it around an old bicycle wheel. A ridge in the wood and sinew holds the oxford cloth, which he gets from a store in Labrador. The sound is amazing and it is so interesting to listen to and watch. Check out the Interpretation Centre’s website and listen to Desmond tell the stories of drumming.
After a snack, we hit the trail for a unique photography experience. TA divided our photo journey into colour, form, texture and space and we were encouraged to take photos using each component. I found ‘space’ the most challenging.
A most interesting exercise occurred when we were divided into pairs, one person closed their eyes and became ‘the camera’ with their ‘lens’ (eyes) opening and taking a picture when their partner gently pulled their ear. One workshop member described it as “a flash of vividness.”
I love it when you go to an event and, almost instantaneously, you bond with like-minded individuals. I believe we were all “in the moment.”
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen
As I rubbed my hand over the trunk of this tree, I experienced three different textures. I forgot to tell TA that, and I bet she would have been impressed that I was using two senses simultaneously :).
Thank you Twillingate and Dr. TA Loeffler.
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
This is one of two posts that Carol will write on Unscripted Twillingate. Keep checking her blog for the second installment.