For photographer and writer Alexandra Huddleston, walking is as important to her work as her camera. By favoring the foot over more mechanical and virtual ways of exploring the world, she has tapped into a realm of spirituality and wisdom that was central to cultures throughout the ancient world, but that now has been largely forgotten. In this talk, she traces the seminal experiences that led to her current work, from her year as a Fulbright scholar researching the traditional Islamic scholarship of Timbuktu, through her time on three of the world’s most grueling walking pilgrimages, to her more recent journeys in the hills of Ireland, the Munros of Scotland, and the industrial landscape of the lower Rhine valley.

Watch the talk here