A path is made by travelling – often repeatedly – along a route and trampling the ground. There is a performative element to it, and the path is a memento or record of movement making a pathway. We could say that we ‘path the walk’ though we usually say that we’ve walked a path. Here is documentation of a walk on the edge of a woodland near Horton-cum-Studley in Oxfordshire which I made in October 2021.
Woodland path – near Horton-cum-Studley
The invisible dance
Walking a path involves movement and hence dancing thus a pathway is an invisible dance. Once, an artist created a sculpture and it was sunk into a lake thus becoming an invisible sculpture. It could not be seen but it was known to be there. Knowing was seeing – or we might say believing is seeing!
My dancing created a path – I was not visible like the sculpture I mention above … but surely, it’s better to say that the path is an invisible dance – invisible sculpting if you wish.
Below is a short film (7 minutes, 35 seconds) showing parts of my walk along the woodland path on 11 October 2021. It actually takes about 15 minutes to walk to the end and back – from near the road to the byway which you’ll see at the end of the film. Notice how movement is present in many ways – beside my travel along the path with the camera.