If you've frequented my blog even a little bit, you know that I have no shortage of photos containing a body of water, a sunset or both. Admittedly, it's not hard to take a photo of a sunset and have it come out looking great, but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop anytime soon. This shot is a favorite of mine from a sequence of over 200 shots (no joke…) I took during a particularly spectacular sunset as seen from the "backyard" of a vacation rental spot in Key Largo while on my annual reunion trip with 20ish of my close college friends. Seen on the pier is a small group of said friends enjoying the view.
Today was a wonderful Easter. My roommates and I (along with the help of one of their visiting moms) hosted an Easter lunch/potluck. Lots of people showed up, and although I didn't really know any of them, it was a great time. Later, after the people dwindled down, the remaining group of us ventured out to watch the sun set at the beach. We spent a bit of time on the pier after it got dark and luckily, I brought along my camera. I was saving this photo in the "April" file for my blog photos and noticed I posted one a year ago today…which happened to be this photo of a cobblestone road in Philadelphia. It struck me how starkly different my life is now compared to a year ago. Not only in geographical terms, but in every aspect.
The contrast between the photo posted a year ago and the one taken today is a perfect representation of how constant change is in my life, and I'd like that to be a running theme as long as I can manage it.
I'm going to be making a huge effort to start getting out and taking more photos in the coming months. I've even got some new projects underway. One of which is a collaboration with a close friend. I'm so excited to get it started and I know it'll tug at my creativity and force me to work on my photographic eye again.
Admittedly, things haven't been going too smoothly since I landed on the West Coast all of eleven days ago. Not only do I feel like nothing seems to be going right, but it almost feels as if everything that can go wrong is going wrong as well. The other night, I'd had a supremely bad evening and found myself in the most sour mood. I put a plea up on Twitter, asking my followers for suggestions to get my spirits up and an old colleague/friend/mentor Jeff Montgomery replied with "take some pictures, stop seeing crap and look for light."
It was exactly what I needed to hear/read.
The next day, I made a point to carry my camera around with me each place I went to try to take some pictures, stop seeing crap and look for the light. Not only did I find the light, but I started to remember why it was that I moved here in the first place…for the adventure, the weather and most of all, the scenery.
So, thank you Jeff, for kicking some sense into me and reminding me where to turn when I get down…to my camera and the light.