A walk outside has quickly turned into an escape for the current COVID crisis – but it also serves as a way to reconnect with our bodies and with the world.
In fact, The New York Times recently asked readers to share their walking experiences, including what they have seen and how they feel as they stroll through old haunts or discover new paths. After collecting these stories, they had photographers translate their experiences into images.
Walking is so much more than simply physical exercise. It is a trip back to the past and the places we used to play as kids or sometimes a mental release where we can let the worries of the day go and simply pay attention to the present. Walking has always been one of the first suggestions when someone has a creative block, as it challenges us to look both outward and inward – even if we are still wearing masks.