How to Stalk Someone's Vision On a Photowalk

The Palinode and I were in Saskatoon almost three weeks ago. We took a lot of pictures of the riverbank, but I have spent so much time travelling to conferences and working lately that I never got around to posting them. Fall is entering its cold and dismal latter half right now, though, so I'm going to post them today and pretend that this is what outside still looks like.

Aidan along the riverbank in Saskatoon

The latter half of fall signals my head to swell and cry and produce a veritable mucus fountain, so it's nice to sit here with some tea and remember the papery sound of small leaves I heard when I took these shots of the Palinode:

Aidan along the riverbank in Saskatoon

Aidan along the riverside in Saskatoon

It's also nice to revisit how I watched him that day. I suggest you give this kind of watching a try with someone you love. I call it by the creepy-sounding name "Stalking Someone's Vision", but it's less about illegal privacy invasion and more about an exercise in intimacy and storytelling:

How to Stalk Someone's Vision On a Photowalk


1. Take a person you love outside on a photowalk to a place they don't go very often.

2. Follow them around and watch their body's movements.

3. Don't talk very much. Listen to how they sound moving through the environment, because this will help you understand what they hear when they move, which informs what they do.

Aidan along the riverbank in Saskatoon

4. Watch what they look at. Watch what they do when something interests them.

Their body has a spirited language when it moves, an emotional language. It's an intimate sketch of their conversation with the world. It's part of how their eyes take in information.

Aidan along the riverbank in Saskatoon

5. Watch where the other person points their lens and for how long. Stand where they stood and look through your lens there when they move on. Imagine what they chose to focus on and how they framed what they saw through their lens.

The world is a different place for them than it is for you, and that's magical. You can be doorways for each other into places you would otherwise never see.

along the riverbank in Saskatoon

In essence, you are stalking their conversation with the world and the vision it allows them. You will not be able to catch the truth of their vision, but you will feel it. You will feel their dance.

Aidan along the riverbank in Saskatoon

It is a little bit sexy, yes?

Aidan along the riverside in Saskatoon

I know that I need to stalk this man's vision more often after looking through these photos. Doing so caused me to pause, to consider where I turned and how I chose to look at what I saw there. It affected the thoughtfulness with which I took my own photos.

Whose vision would you stalk?