Travelling around the deserts of South Australia and outback Queensland, I noticed a characteristic of the people not often noticed or exhibited in the city. So many of the people I met were so open and friendly, and willing to help, or find out about your story. They were willing to connect.
I think the expansive space of dust, and stones and sand, scrub and hills and dunes, has this ability to draw us out, yet also allows us to go within. Walking in this space allows me to breathe with the wind. This space allows me to consider the big picture and teaches me to stretch, reach out and connect.
When there is nothing to hinder my vision, I feel the horizon draws out my mind and makes me feel less encapsulated, egocentric and insular. There are no computers, or steering wheels or buildings to press in my thoughts. I felt myself connecting – connecting with the pulse of the land, connecting with others, and connecting with my inner thoughts which had the peace and space to breathe.