Inukshuk, the Pathfinder…
Early morning in August on the border of the Saint-Laurent river… I went up early to catch the sun rise over the water nearby les Escoumins. Sadly, a dense fog covered the landscape and fairly limited the visibility to few meters.
Searching for a nice spot to shoot under these unexpected conditions, I walked along the border and found after a while a first accumulation of stones, which was definitely hand crafted. That remembered me the cairns in the Pyrénées or even the ones in the Chic Choc used as trail markers.
However, these marks are true sculptures named Inukshuk. They are used by the Inuit not only for navigation purpose but also to mark memorial places or even places where food can be found along migration routes. Hence they compile a material, even survival dimension, with a cultural and communicational one.
Some Inukshuk look like human bodies with their arms showing in a particular direction, the one you need to follow. Others are just impressive piece of art challenging the states of equilibrium and fighting against harsh weather conditions.
But what they definitely contain, is the power to guide you. After a day away from this spot, I could find my way back to them, as being attracted, and enjoy them scrutinizing the sunset.