One road, ten photos. That was the impromptu task I gave myself as I crossed the Shonai River and headed up the short, steep and hidden climb to Joukoji Park, a quiet, partially gravel road that I’ve ridden up countless times over the years.
I don’t know where the idea came from or how valid it was as a photographic task but once I had it in my head I felt obliged to try. The scenery was awful, the light terrible, motivation almost nonexistent, and camera battery nearly dead. But that is what made it all the more worthwhile – process over result. As Aristotle stated: a life well lived requires activities that require no other purpose than the satisfaction that the activity itself generates. It’s not just photography – cycling, hiking, and most outdoor leisure and creative activities can be included in Aristotle’s words.
So here they are, One Road, Ten Photos. As you’ve probably noticed only six made the cut.