Back from holiday. Catching up with my 'regulars' it seems I've missed a lot of 'blog-versation' over the last 8-days. Had a great time at the beach - hanging out with my daughters, not shaving for 8-days (luxury!) - friends Mark, Janelle, and Luka visiting for a couple of nights: wonderful conversation, the stimulation of having so much in common, poetry.... I got lots of reading done: William Stringfellow (more on him later), Mark's Master of Theology thesis: An exploration on some socio-ethical themes in Galatians, Brian Walsh (more on him later too), and an assortment of magazines I wouldn't normally get a chance to leisurely browse through. An energising diet! I miss, in the busyness of a year, the time to relax, to engage in face to face conversation, and to read more widely, to think more deeply about biblical and theological issues, the needs and challenges facing our church in 2004 and beyond, and our family's sense of "place," "belonging," and "call" ...
Anyway, I came across a couple of interesting insights into the Kiwi psyche – from the introduction and interview of the German photographer / film-maker popularly known as Wim Wenders (whose photographic exhibition, Pictures from the surface of the Earth, I saw in Wellington toward the end of 2003). Below that are a couple of responses from the Wenders interview that I want to enter into a more reflective ‘conversation’ with – a conversation about place, landscape, and contextual spirituality:
“…Wenders has directed a number of important films which have been major influences in postmodern cinema. His Americanesque “road movies” Alice in the Cities (1972), The Wrong Move (1974), and Kings of the Road (1975) in particular centre on themes of rootless alienation, picaresque wanderlust, endless voyaging, the peripheral and marginal – things which should find obvious resonance with the majority of New Zealanders…” Andrew Paul Wood
Q. “What draws you to photograph a place?”WW. It’s power to silently convey its story.
WW. My favourite landscapes are deserts and cities. They seem to reflect our human conditions better than others places.