A few nights ago, digging through a photo box of road trip memorabilia, I began rewriting portions of my rough outline for Searching Salvation. I don't think I've ever dwelled on a project this long before. My personal documentary/video poem about the death of my friend Dave, and our memorable visit to Salvation Mountain needs to be just right. I feel like it's my final word on Dave's death, and I think I'm striving for it to be a bookend of sorts.
Since editing a memorial video for Dave just days after his death, I feel like Searching Salvation is more about the context of our friendship, the meaning behind it, and less about the shock or frustration that I felt after it happened. It's a challenge striking the right balance, and I want to be truthful in why our experience at Salvation Mountain was meaningful to begin with, and not just aggrandize it because Dave is gone. At this point in my life I feel like just thinking about this as much as I have has really helped me grow and appreciate specific moments.
My goal now is to have the project complete by September 10, the anniversary of Dave's death. I think the timeline is realistic, and as the memories are going to be coming back for a lot of us around that date, I think it'll be a meaningful tribute focused on moving forward. If anything, this entire project has given me an outlet to do just that.