Looking for Reconnection
I’ve found when we teach about the environment in educational settings we teach students to learn about nature, not about our interconnected relationship with nature. We feel we have the right to consume nature as we are at the top of the hierarchy when in reality there is not a hierarchy; only a circular structure that when one aspect is changed a domino effect occurs.
The lens I manipulate throughout the film highlights our barrier between being part of nature and being nature’s spectator; we study it, view it through our idealised lenses, and consume nature for our own gain. I wanted to explore how we never see ourselves as part of nature, always one step removed.
Process: The Sight-restricting Goggles
For many of us, walking in nature this year has become an essential, something we used to take for granted, that we now see as the highlight of our days. However, as my walk became repetitive I couldn’t bear to repeat the monotonous routine I had fallen into. I decided to disrupt my walk by creating some sight-restricting goggles which became a research strategy for me to use to observe, reflect and critique my local surroundings.
Not only did it heighten my childlike imagination, but it allowed me to disrupt my travel, following the areas I had never explored and I rejected the notion of having a fixed destination to reach. Exploring with nature through the Flâneur walking has helped me to develop a more spiritual relationship with my surroundings, and reconnect in a way that allows me to be part of nature.