This is the blog that reflects on the creation of the installation piece Camino on Leigh Beach on 18th June 2011. It has taken a few days to gather my thoughts of the day. It commenced with my bodys alarm going off at 4.02 am and diving out of bed to get down to the beach before sunrise.
The camera was turned on at 04.22, sunrise was 04.39, the tide was still high as I had moved the installation to the flat area of mud. This was good as it allowed Alan ,and Avril Hockett - and I to find our feet, have a cuppa and ease ourselves into the epic adventure in a feeling of calm.
I started to plot it out about 05.00 , Sarah Yapp, Bec Wilkinson, Julie Armour, Vicki Manning, Simon Feather all arrived over the next few hours and helped to move sand, the piece was finally blessed by Sarah and walked for the first time at about 09.00 then walked again at about 09.30 by the people of the camino who attednded in the morning.
The weather held out, just, I did get soaked about 12.30 just before the piece got breached and carried on filming as long as the camera would work in the rain.
By 13.05 the piece was covered and continued its journey into the sea!
I was surprised how easy it was to remain emotional yet balanced in creating the piece. I was sure that it would dissappear in the incoming tide, however being a fighter, it stayed. The next morning it had survived the next tide and yesterday ( tuesday 21st June ) it was still visible. There is something veyr lovely about it gradually fading away, being truly ephemeral.
Another fantastic aspect of the piece is peoples interest in photographing it. There are 100's of photos on facebook that people have up loaded in the last few days, and they keep being updated with newer different shots, so the camino has taken people on their own journeys.
I have chosen to keep this a light and documented last blog entry for this element of Camino. I have a feeling that it wont be the last time it is seen. I have a feeling the camino will appear and it journey can continue in a different way. It will over the next few weeks it will have its own minisite where we can host all of the photgraphic archive of Camino. I will post the link on the blog and the website/ facebook.
Thank you for all the people who have followed the blog. Drop me an email or a comment if you want to be kept in the loop on future developments. Joanna