Considering that my previous two walks had encountered many man made structures I decided to intervene.
The destination for my third walk was the Ken Ausburn Lookout on Mt Keira.
To document where I went, I once again choose my trusty Strava App.
Before my walk I thought how my previous two destinations were man made objects, then it clicked. By choosing a man-made object to walk to, my chances of encountering man-made obstacles were going to be higher.
I was hoping that by choosing a more natural destination I would be exposed to a more natural environment.
To some extent my walk was very natural, I got to walk on a mountain side surrounded by trees and the sound of animals. But at the same time I still felt like the experience was affected by humans.
Once I had made it to the base of the mountain and the start of the walking trail, man-made objects were everywhere. Even though I was walking up a mountain I found myself walking next to a concrete path that followed the contours of the landscape. Once the concrete path had finally finished I was expecting a nice natural bush walk, but instead I was met by hundreds of pieces of timber nailed, screwed and glued together to make a staircase.
Even once the staircase ended, planks of wood had been placed all over the mountain side to stop erosion. In the end I managed to make it to the lookout and it was beautiful, definately worth the short hike.
But no matter how beautiful the journey was, I was still unable to make it the whole way without walking on a man-made object.
Overall, I took 1733 steps, 62 of which were on a concrete surface.
Considering that I tried to choose the most natural landmark in the area, I find it quite sad that no matter how hard you try and avoid human interaction whether it be via the physical presence of a human or a wooden staircase, you can’t escape it.
With Mt Keria being transformed by all these man-made objects, it was at this point that I realised that is was engaging in the notion of the artist as. Through my walks I had developed a passion and new appreciation for the ‘natural environment’.
My walks were developing a new purpose, one where I would document my findings and diseminate them in a form of activism.
My passive documentation methods were a good start to recognise what was going on around me, but now that I had found a problem that needed to be heard by the masses, I found myself talking to my housemates about how much of our ‘natural environment’ had been destroyed.
Although the severity of human impact is serious and upsetting, documenting the walk itself with my GoPro was very fun and enjoyable.
I was going to do a running commentary throughout the walk, but I was struggling to walk up the mountain as it was.