I based the prison caves off of the spectacular formations of Antelope Canyon My parents had a photo from a trip they took there that I always thought looked like a lady in silken robes, billowing in the wind. It’s one of the places in the US I’d very much like to visit one day.
If you’re one for rock formations, one place I have been that I highly recommend is Goblin Valley in Utah. Full of bizarre, mushroom-like formations. If you’ve seen Galaxy Quest (excellent comedy film, by the way) they filmed the Rock Fight scene in Goblin Valley.
I’ve always had a fascination with rocks. I loved nature stores, and could spend ages looking at all the different polished stones. The same with river-beds. I’d spend hours searching for rocks that the water had worn smooth. I had bags and bags of smooth stones, both purchased and found, and every camping trip I’d be hauling a back-pack full of rocks around by the end. When I first came to Colorado as a child I was particularly fascinated with mica that was everywhere, convinced that the shiny flecks in stream were gold. When I found formations of it, I was fascinated by this rock that was made of layers so thin, you could peel them apart and see through them. I wondered if you could make windows out of it, if you could get a large enough layer. Windows made of rocks! The concept was incredible to me. I’m not sure why I’ve always had a fascination with stone, but it’s even made it into my work here. People often ask what “Moko” in my company name “Moko Press” means. “Moko” is the Pamaru word for “stone.”
What fascinated you as a kid? What do you collect?