Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A Place Called Sweet Surrender
When I mentioned yesterday that maps are a current theme I thought I would share with you what brought this to the forefront of my thought.
Recently, I ran across images from a book by a woman named Marian Bantjes. She has compiled what looks to be an interesting investigation into her own personal map-making along with other images that she created, both pleasing and intriguing. She titled it I Wonder.
I am not familiar with the entire contents of said book, but I do have images of the maps that caught my attention. I found her name places amusing and more than once I did that inner nodding in recognition.
I think I've been to a few of these places, walked more than one of these streets, been temporarily lost on a road or two. You might want to click on this one to see the names. Perhaps you'll recognize a road or two yourself.
I got to thinking about making my own map, though I have been visiting the Valley of Indecision a little less frequently as of late. Ditto for the Sea of Misgivings. And (I say in no small measure), I've been trying to stay off the Road to Mischief. If you stay on that road too long it leads directly to a place called Mayhem. Oh, yeah. And no more running down the avenue. You know, the one of Astonishingly Stupid Decisions? I'm trying to stay on the roads less traveled now.
My current map would have a rather bucolic look to it compared to what it would have in the past. Perhaps a vintage map showing me where I've been, reminding me where I no longer want to go. It could come in handy. But, I've set sail on this river of Letting Go and if I spend too much time looking back I might miss all the signs pointing me to the cool places up ahead.
Check it out: www.bantjes.com