You may have found your way here by accident or by intention, whichever it is………..welcome.
KiwiVagabond is a concept or dream of how I would like to live. I am one of the privileged to have a mortgage and the ties that bind. My other names are Graham Hughes or BlindPoet. I answer to many names, some affectionate, some not.
I dream of being a vagabond, to be totally transcient, travelling New Zealand’s length and breadth seeing the places few people visit or value, to meet people I wouldn’t usually rub shoulders with, or whose shoulders usually never get rubbed.
I dream of doing all this from a bus, that has an inbuilt darkroom, a laptop to write on, and wi fi access to upload. So you can see I am hardly a serious VagaBond. I am a romantic dreamer. My heart is more the vagabond.
The ‘kiwi’ firmly plants me in Aotearoa, New Zealand. People of this land are affectionately labelled ‘kiwis’, they even distinguish themselves in a crowd using this term, quite apart from the accent. There is more to ‘kiwi’ than the brown hairy fruit, with the green center found in supermarkets around the world, which graces the tops of pavalovas and gives you a clean out next morning.
On a personal level, I have long sensed a need to write, and some means to process the myriad of thoughts and feelings that flash thru my mind at various speeds as I do life.
I have a need to process these often deep, and to my eye at least ‘seemingly insightful’, thoughts. If I do not write them or record them somehow then I know they are lost. Just like the good ideas you have that you never remember…………..middle of the night thoughts, I have great lines that I can never remember.
These lines come out of the blue while travelling or doing something mundane, words fall together in my head, tumbling together in a way that captures the feeling or the thought………if I can remember those words as I tasted them in my mouth that first time…………later, they can be savoured again.
This blog is my desire to catch those words and thoughts, thoughts about life, about being a Kiwi, the country I live in and the uniqueness of it, and much much more.
Because of my love for photography it will also involve visual.
My aim is predominantly to stay sane by writing and expressing, knowing that maybe there is someone else out there who is as human as I, that is a restless creative spirit, and who like me has a vagabond heart.
Its good to know that you are not the only one gazing at the horizon as the sun sets and the day fades.
I have a conviction that we are all creative, that we all yearn to create in some way. Our maturity and health depends on it, but this mad life knocks & crowds creativity out of our daily existence all to easily.