The Weights We Carry. Poems from a solo bike-packing journey around the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Islands by C.D.Seventeen
I want to leave this world behind, jump on a bike, go on a journey without others, dive deep into the self, and let the weight of my human identity dissolve into the wind."
C.D Seventeen embarked on a 46-day, 658 mile journey in the Scottish Highlands. This experience inspired her to write poems. This book is a collection of 22 poems, each paired with photographs from the journey.
The combination of photography, using a film with a purple-hued character, and the poems makes for a beautiful book. The poems are thought-provoking. The author explains that writing them helped her on a journey of self-redemption. There's a theme of facing fear, creating freedom and expressing emotions.
Travelling in Scotland by bicycle is an emotive experience. It impacts us in different ways and for C.D. Seventeen it has inspired this work of art. Each poem and photograph records an intimate moment in the journey and the pages are decorated with beautiful watercolour patterns. I liked picking up the book and opening it at a random page and letting the words and photography take me to that moment on this cycling journey.
This is a unique book that illustrates the creativity that bicycle travel can inspire.