After sharing stories of their connection with nature, the locals thought it best to also share some of their harvest with us as well. Delicious, sweet Megijima corn was our snack this afternoon, and some cute little cucumbers are next, courtesy of Yutaka san and Kurokawa san.
We had a visit from Professor Suizu and Kei today, as they brought us good cheer, scheduling plans, and some sweet Japan peaches. Perfect for the ‘momotaro’ team!
As we wind up interviewing, one of the photo-related tasks left is to use the geographic points and stories to create coordinating imagery which helps tell the story of the human:nature connection.
That pretty much boils down to us doing a bit of research between the interview content and our Megijima topographic map, and then trekking around the island to find the spots which are particularly significant to the locals here. In approaching the landscape photography, I must keep the story of the person who chose this spot and their human:nature relationship in mind, and along with that, create a brand new relationship between myself and the land.
Last evening, Suhee and I walked past the fishing ship yards on the East of the island and out to the small, unmanned lighthouse on the Southern tip.
Doubling back from the lighthouse, we split ways and I took a hike up to the top of the ridge, where there is hidden, a ‘secret’ sunset watching spot… a very ‘homegrown’ spot which seems to be taken care of by locals vs. the government, the latter being how these places are usually maintained. However it is, the spot was just a bit more wild, fresh timber bench and all. A good secret, indeed.