Ben Clement: Process.Movement
At the end of 2020 Country Road asked me to create part of a film titled ‘HOME’, reflecting on the year gone by. I looked to the anchor of running. The act of movement that people held onto for many reasons and at different entry points - whether lacing up for the first time, rediscovering muscle memory or fine-tuning the practice of one foot in front of the other. A huge thank you to Rupert and the rest of the CR team for their trust and vision in this project.
Off the back of the film, I was interviewed about finding balance through curiosity. The intersection of my passion for running and my photographic practice. And my experiences with the mind-body connection.
Below are a few of my responses.
And you can read the full interview here.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN SOURCE OF MOTIVATION?
“Curiosity is my source of motivation. Through learning, experimenting and experience.”
WHAT DOES RUNNING MEAN TO YOU?
“Running to me is communication. Communication with your mind, your body, with nature and with people. It talks to and finds ways to relate to everything. It helps me understand these things better and find a better balance as well.”
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO CONVEY THROUGH YOUR WORK?
“My main aim is always finding a blend or a balance between accessibility or honesty and mystery.”
ANY TIPS FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO FIND THAT DRIVE GOING INTO THE NEW YEAR?
“Take a pause and rest. Write down some questions or thoughts that you've had sitting in the back of your mind and begin to investigate them. You don't need to answer them overnight, but it may help you take some steps towards a new direction or help you find that drive again.”
YOU MENTION RUNNING IS COMMUNICATION FOR YOU. ANY FINAL ADVICE FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO FIND A WAY TO GET THEIR MIND AND BODY COMMUNICATING?
“Learn to listen to yourself—your mind and your body are incredibly smart. There are always cues from your mind or body about what you might be needing. Whether it be being able to push yourself or taking a rest. Find ways to move that suit you or are enjoyable to you. Every day you can try something new. If you keep at it and stay open, things will start falling into place.”
James Whiting made these portraits (thanks dude).
Thank you for reading,