I have never done this before, but I am told there is no better way to begin than by simply doing. Let me begin by introducing myself; I am Fareena, co-founder of The Friday Collective, artist, photographer, travel enthusiast and overall knowledge-seeking nerd. In particular, I love art, ancient civilizations, and the wisdom of our ancestors. I just began a three-month journey to expand on my artistic practice and learn new ways of incorporating traditional art knowledge into my work. Through The Friday Collective Chronicles, my goal is to share my journey. From London, UK to Cairo, Egypt ~ I hope to share with you inspiring anecdotes, beautiful images and my subtle observations.
Richard Serra at YYZ airport. Goodbye Toronto; Hello World.
There are so many ways to think about travel.
Growing up, I was blessed to have lived and travelled in many countries. Through four continents and innumerable landscapes, the experiences of my journeys shaped the way I saw myself in this world. In many ways, these experiences continue to influence my soul and consequently my work, often in ways that are not apparent or easily discernible. During this journey, I am working my way back through some places I have been before with a different approach to travel where I have a clear intention to do something specific: actively learn. Perhaps it is common to do so, or perhaps, any journey is always about seeking knowledge, albeit often unconsciously. For now, I keep asking myself:
What are some of the steps that one can take to make a journey one of active learning? How do we, in an age where information is so readily available remain enthusiastic about learning through experience, the way explorers did centuries ago?
It’s important for me to recapture some of the spirit and purpose of travel, some of what drives humankind higher than the highest clouds and lower than the deepest sea creatures. My essential thesis in this endeavour is that learning something by being somewhere or doing something changes you in a way that reading about it on your iPhone does not – and I’m out to prove my thesis and establish my methodology.
v. Travelling when the experience itself is more important than the destination (Spanish). Illustration from 'Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World' by Ella Frances Sanders (Published by Ten Speed Press)
I don’t necessarily have the answers to my questions but I definitely ponder over them. For now, my methodology includes creating visual narratives through photography and words and taking the time out to journal random thoughts, ideas and experiences. We are often told that journaling helps to visualize emotions, and perhaps in a similar fashion, it helps to visualize inspiration while photography aids in keeping the details alive.
What are some of the methods you use to etch your experiences into your memory or heart?
Monmouth Coffee; London, UK. 2015