Indie Ink is an online publication for writers, artists and you. Maybe you’re one of the aforementioned, maybe you’re two, perhaps 3 or none. Maybe you like to sit back, watch and read. It encourages submissions (strongly encourages might I add), and so after reading a fellow blogger’s well-written and engaging post on New Orleans, I thought why not? Their page said submit, so I did, and this is what follows. My image was posted on August 17th so if you’re not able to view “Hotel blues”, please click the ‘previous entries’ link on the left-hand side at the bottom of the page to see past art work.
Some background info on this image:
Taken in Dalat, Vietnam in the Central Highlands region of the country, I sat in my hotel room one afternoon exhausted from walking around and taking an unreasonable amount of photographs of the towns doors and windows (I found them fascinatingly beautiful). The television was on, hence the blue hue in the right corner and I remember sitting sluggishly on my bed trying to reflect on the past 18 or so days in the country. A country that ran me ragged from the heat, intrigued me because of the war and their warm reaction to Americans, and left me full of questions about their economy and culture (ethnic minorities, specifically) as tourism has helped spur substantial growth for the country and region. The image reflects an isolation we feel when traveling, when we’re sitting alone in our hotel/hostel room and if we’re fortunate for a television, we turn it on for the mere feeling of another presence. Traveling solo has its rewards but one can’t help for a companion at times – someone to share those jaw-dropping reactions to beautiful vistas or the woes (or joys!) of getting lost. Technology, and in this case the television, is white noise and serves as a sort of visor to our thoughts. It allows us to fully reflect on those grand moments travel creates without feeling truly alone if it’s a companion we’re seeking.
(edited: here is the permanent link – thanks, bobster!