Roys Peak, New Zealand, March 2020

Despite the pandemic that is currently shaking the world, or because of the pandemic that is currently shaking the world, Coralie Vincent and I (Lou Camino) decided to launch the 6th edition of Objectif3280 several months ahead of schedule. This project has always allowed us to get together, to escape, and to create together, across borders and our respective lives. We hope that this will still be the case today…

So it is with this photo, which I entitled “The Day After”, that this 6th edition of Objectif3280, 10 years this year, will start. It is to her (G1) that I propose you to respond, from tomorrow, 10 am French time. I am sure that she will inspire you and that wonderful stories will come out of it.

As for the previous editions, everyone is invited, after posting their photo, to accompany it with a few words. The idea is not to explain their connection with the previous photo, but simply to tell their story if you wish. Anyway, I give you mine:

“The alarm clock rings at 3:24 that morning, we rush into the car at 3:48, arrive at the Roys Peak Track parking lot at 4:02. Let’s go for 8 km of constant ascent, 1,300 m of positive gradient and 3 hours of walking by the light of the gibberish moon. A welcome beacon that encourages us to slip our headlamps into our bags, trust our dilated pupils and has the delicacy of hiding what remains to be done to reach the summit before 7:36 am, the time when the Sun will rise from the mountainous horizon. It’ s to witness this daily, simple and sublime show that every night, a few clusters of people take this zigzagging path, hoping that no clouds will come between them and the shining star. We have a 15-minute head start when we reach the goal. At the summit, the cold and freezing wind quickly make us forget that we were warm a few minutes earlier. So much so that some turn back before the hour. We anticipated – change of clothes, down, thermos, sweets – so we can look for a spot to observe and wait patiently for the start of the session. The sky swaps its blue for a timid and promising yellow where it will come out, the clouds have deserted, everything is fine. At the right time, it sends us its first rays, certainly not very warm, but it doesn’t matter, we are touched by the sun, grace, pure beauty. We welcome him as if it could have been otherwise. He continues to rise without batting an eyelid, and tears come to my eyes. I have often been moved in New Zealand by the beauty of the elements.
That was on March 14. In another time, I would have written, it was yesterday. Today, I feel like it’s been an eternity, the world has changed so much since then. That morning, I thought above all about the importance of living each moment intensely, about how lucky I was to be there, even if, in the end, the event is anything but rare: the sun has been rising and setting every day for billions of years and will continue to do so for as many years to come. I now look at this image with a different eye. Probably more symbolic, as the dawn of a new era in which we have, each at our own level, the opportunity to give a fairer, more respectful and more balanced direction…”.

If this is your first participation, I invite you to go and watch this video, take a look at the Philosophy page and another one on the Instructions for Use page… But it’s very instinctive, you’ll see… The important thing is to integrate that there must be an association of idea between your picture and the one you answer…