words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

The Narrow Way: Choosing a Path

When we find a path that leads back to ourselves, we discover things anew

In 2002 I moved from Philadelphia to South Carolina. It was a time for a deliberate and conscious change. The beautiful natural landscapes of the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia all provided a sharp contrast to the harsh urban decay of what was becoming, in some parts, the City of Philadelphia. It was a very positive move for me, and I immediately embarked on a journey to rediscover some important sustaining elements of my life i.e. Mind, Body, Creativity and Spirit. I call them my Four Jewels.  The very first thing I did when I arrived was go up into the mountains. I hiked, explored and found beauty, space and peace. Hiking as an adventure has a wonderful aspect to it, that is physical, emotional and exploratory.  Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina is home of the Mile High Swinging Bridge and various trails. It is one of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi. While walking along the bridge, above the beautiful gorge below, one can begin the journey of self discovery. And in doing so, find a subtle, yet profound emergence of the meaning of man and nature as one.

4 responses

  1. jody

    I especially liked this post, and the art was wonderful. I like the waterfall type effect done graphically over the Grandfather Mtn hiking sign. Familiar, area signs overlayed with other scenes from a past life. Very nice!

    January 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

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  3. Thanks Jody, I really like this piece as well for its simplicity. I had been experimenting with various effects such as blinds and horizontal mapping to get the “waterfall” movement. It has been a long time since I visited Grandfather Mountain. I think it is time to go there again and hike.

    January 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

  4. Glad to read about your journey… I must say that so much talent comes out of Philly… Is there something in the water? 🙂
    So many talented artists… like you. Hope you move continues to enrich your life. 🙂

    February 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

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