1EYE, ROAMING was a necessary first publication, for many reasons. It frames the origins of a new journey, my first tentative steps with the X-series and the beginnings of a storytelling approach. It's an adaptation of material that was important to me and as such it made sense for it to be gathered and presented the way it was. First stone. Stretching the canvas. But even as I was working on it, even on the very day of its release I knew: 1EYE, ROAMING wasn't about where I was—it was about where I'd been.
The next project would be profoundly different.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to create something that would blend it all: photography, words, music. Maybe with a few sketches thrown in. A work I could point to and say: look, that's me, for whatever it's worth. But I kept procrastinating, unsure of the direction or form it should take.
When I started giving conferences a couple of years ago it strangely began paving the way for this type of work to finally happen, by allowing me to explore different avenues for presenting ideas, forcing reflections I may not otherwise have spent much time on. Then at some point I also started writing songs again; I didn't expect to release anything (music and I have a troubled history) but I badly needed the outlet. Slowly, through it all, I began imagining more.
Over the holidays I read Dan Winter's life changing Road to Seeing and wrote a post entitled Go Deep, my first one of 2015. In retrospect, this is the moment when it all suddenly made sense: why not? Why not an explosion? Why not a weird composite object to scream or whisper it all in a single uninterrupted stream of consciousness? That post, almost a New Year's resolution...it became the plan, the guiding light.
Cue these kings. these subterraneans.
Here's an excerpt from the project page—it's the best explanation I've come up with so far: