Time takes a different pace when you travel and becomes vortex when you physically move across long distances, When travelling across a country over several months the days generally tend to fly by, to the point where it seems impossible to get anything done and creatively. This feels especially applicable when shooting film, not knowing what the results are can feel like not having accomplished much in each respective single day. The work is hidden in the film rolls. Of course when you get a few Hundred stills back, the feeling disappears and the long process of editing begins.
In her book Time Warped Psychologist Claudia Hammond says that “when we are doing something new and interesting – such as when we are on holiday – time appears to go more quickly than when we are bored or anxious. But when we look back retrospectively, our assessment of time is based on how many individual new memories we built up during that period”. She goes on to say “In a normal fortnight the average person only accumulates between six and nine new memories because so much of what we do is routine. But on a holiday we can build up that number of memories in a single day because everything we experience is new, meaning that when we look back it will seem to have lasted much longer than it really did.”
The same is applicable to the creative process, everyday feels like a struggle to have a eureka moment, to fully take advantage of the day, the place, to satisfy preconceptions of what you believed you would achieve. In reality it has the same cumulative effect that can only be fully appreciated in retrospect. This is why it takes so much time to build a body of work, Rome wasn’t built in a day.