Midlife Reality Check

Tele Time

“Tele Time” by Geo Davis (Featured in Midlife Crisis Postponed)

“Midlife is when you reach the top of the ladder and find that it is against the wrong wall.” ~ Joseph Campbell

This is an image called “Tele Time” that is included in 40×41: Midlife Crisis Postponed. It’s one of a series of telemark skiing collages I’ve created over the last few years. It’s a mobile (originating photograph and doodle were created via mobile phone and tablet) mashup (digital mixing, layering, filtering, etc. used to combine multiple elements into a visual remix). Think, digital descendant of paper and glue collage.

Telemark skiing has been one of my outdoor recreation / wellness / solitude / mindfulness pursuits since rounding the 39-40 mile marker. I never planned to swap alpine skiing for telemark. Instead I wanted to experiment and stretch my downhill skiing experience. But as it turns out, I haven’t been back in my alpine boots in years. I’m pretty hooked on heel free skiing.

I think of these little collages as visual poems or lyric vignettes. It’s a idea I’ve been playing with for quite a few years now, but so far I’ve done an inadequate job of articulating what I’m trying to do. Need to keep working toward a clearer explanation. Stay tuned.

[Quirky tidbit of information: that background image is a closeup of funky orange-yellow mushrooms I photographed growing on a tree in New Jersey.]

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