We all unknowingly leave traces of us wherever we go. While sometimes it can be something physical (a sweater or our phone – for us forgetfuls) it can also be an emotional or spiritual mark. Many people have come and gone in my life and left an emotional mark on my heart, whether good or bad. That’s the beauty of life, we are always left with traces of those who have entered our life. Long ago, before iPhone Maps was created, some navigated the world and left their marks through symbols, such as an inukshuk. An inukshuk, thought to be used for navigation or markers for travel routes, symbolized someone’s journey to that very place. Back home in Ottawa, Canada people still leave inukshuks in quiet places to symbolize their lingering presence. There is something special about finding hidden inuksuks – and I wanted to photograph a few I found the other day while exploring my home town. I love how this tradition has continued on, and I even made an inukshuk of my own to leave for future explorers to find. I’m kind of in love with the idea and started thinking – what if you could see the emotional imprints each person has left on you over the years? Imagine every inch of your skin covered in paint with each color representing someone new – and the length of their brush stroke depicting how much of an impact they had. Something interesting to think about! We’d all be beautifully painted rainbows. Y’all these are the thoughts that come to me at 2am. Do with it what you’d like.
Have you ever seen an inukshuk?