Inuksuk GPS

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Inuksuk 1
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Inuksuk 2
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Inuksuk 4

Semblance of human existence, an inuksuk serves as landmark and waypoint on one’s unknown path or journey. Its surprise guides you along your way when you’re alone with map and compass, scanning the horizon, considering the course you’ll take; its message – “you are on the right path, keep going … you’ll get there.” With an inuksuk, another human being has taken the time to gather stone and rock to create a representation of the human form only to encourage you and others, letting all know that others have been right where you now stand/sit. At that point where they experienced indecision in navigation, they came back to this point to guide you forward.

Navigation – some of my week has been about travel in unknown territory. I’ve been driving using my global positioning satellite unit, my Tom Tom GPS to direct me to my destination. At one point the mountain road I was on was closed down owing to slush and snow. I had to double back to find another route – a four hour correction in the middle of the night. While there were lines on the road and tire tracks of vehicles preceding me, there were no inuksuks along the way.

Listening to – War’s ‘Low Rider,’ Bo Diddley’s ‘Ride on Josephine,’ Moby’s ‘Flower,’ The Crystal Method’s ‘Busy Child,’ Lori Carson’s ‘You Won’t Fall’ and Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues.’

Quote to Inspire – “Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” – Garry Winogrand

7 Comments on “Inuksuk GPS

  1. I love the idea of this, I was taught navigation very early. I love maps and markers in the UK cairns are used to mark high points and junctions. As well as geocaching, leaving small boxes with a page of visitors. It is nice to know others are out there isn’t it. A basic human need for contact.


    • Hey there, Jim:

      You remind me that navigation is a physical act … something I was very familiar with as a child and youth … navigation was a physical consideration in terms of effort, time, energy management and getting to my destination. And, in extraordinary travel there was celebration, encouragement and welcome. Now, it seems that navigation is only one element in travel … we got there … now, on to the next thing – there is something missing when it’s about what’s next and next and next. And, as I think of it, perhaps only those who have done what’s been done have a sense for the work of navigating and moving toward destination – the runner who’s run a half marathon can talk meaningfully with the runner attempting one, in ways that the spectator can’t … although the spectator may be able to share insight on facets of the race from the sidelines.

      You may have a sense for what I’m talking about.

      Anyway, sir … good comment, there! 🙂

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  3. My sister gave me a little inuksuk only a few inches high and I look at it and know I’m on the right path. So cool to see your photo of one 🙂

    • Hello Meredith:

      Definitely cool to have an inukshuk and cool to know you are on the right path. All cool to know that the right path is usually a found one.

      Good schtuff! 😉

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