Seed Water

Editorial by Colin Trechter
During the third week of summer, while many of us were engulfed – willingly or otherwise – in the furore of the Gregorian calendar’s final days, Walkley Award-nominated comic artist Sam Wallman was reflecting on his regular kayak trips down the Birrarung River for his Longer Light Series piece ‘Seed Water’.
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The Longer Light Series explores the idea that our personal rituals – from the mundane to the grand – tether us to special places and particular times. It investigates how our rituals are contingent on the places where we perform them, on the rhythm of the seasons, on the weather of any given day, on what we see and smell around us.
The 12 distinct works of the series detail, document or respond to some sort of ritual (as each contributor interprets that word) enacted during a week of summer days and nights. The works will be published in weekly instalments so that, in concert, they plot the arc of an Australian summer.
The Longer Light Series is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.