I went out to take some photos today and I got some good ones but I also froze in the process. As I was finishing up and quickly walking back to Clare, I turned and looked at Allison Mansion. It is a beautiful mansion here on campus and today it looked even more beautiful in the snow and afternoon light. I took a quick shot and came out with this.
Every now and then I get in weird moods where I want to be alone, with time to think and breathe and walk. Sometimes I’m sad in these moods other times I just want to think. So I drive, look at books, go to parks, and walk through the woods. Breathing in cleaner air. Stepping away from people and into what we came from. Thinking and breathing in and out, in and out.
I find it captivating how we see ourselves differently than how others see us.
Personally, when I look in the mirror or see my reflection, I see me, the road I’ve been down. I see the scars, the tears, the weight I’ve carried & the mistakes I’ve made. I see the love I’ve held onto and the hurt I’ve let go of. I see the person I wanted to be. I see a fighter. I see hope & inspiration.
Its true we choose our paths. However, we are not always allowed to choose the road. Its OK, I enjoy the change in scenery!
The brick in this photo is that of an old school that is still partially standing, off a road where I’ve driven the pavement thin. Standing tall in the golden sunlight, this beautiful single flower. Growing among falling bricks & crumbling memories. Perfect within imperfections.
Reminder that what was will never be. Its up to us to see the beauty.
I recently have had a lot of decisions to make with my job. I had a new job offer and then a counter offer to stay which was very surprising and which forced me to decide between two jobs. I got quite a few opinions and made lists. It was a little stressful trying to decide but today I finally made my decision. I just hope for the best and hopefully everything will go well.
We went driving in the country day today. It was hot and we had the a/c as high as it would go. I took my time driving down the roads and as I drove over this tiny one-lane bridge I glanced over and saw this. I crossed the bridge and parked the car. I had to get a shot. I like how dirty the tracks looked. They almost look abandoned, but these tracks are used a lot. They head straight to Danville, Avon and Indy. Perfectly straight, a direct alley to Indy.
I’m sure you’ve seen photos like this. There was a pretty popular set of photos from a photographer that were this style. So yes, I suppose I stole the idea from him. I’d credit his name if I knew it. We were almost done with our walk through the 100 Acres, when I stopped her, told her to hold my hand and walk up the path. And I got this shot. And I told her we would be the even cuter couple that did these photos. I tell her about all kinds of places, all around the world, that I’m going to take her. And she just says “I’ll go anywhere with you.” And I’ll go anywhere with her. And we’re gonna see this huge, magnificent, and magical world of ours.
Sometimes when I take a shot I can imagine so much more. So much more that could go into the shot. So many other shots that I could get. So many ways to play with the light and the location. All the different subjects, moods, and emotions I could work with. All these things just pop in my head and then it’s my job to turn it into reality. So as I took this shot, I explained to Hannah how I could imagine a bride, in an elegant white dress, walking down this path. This spot would be perfect for weddings. Maybe I’ll get those shots someday.
I was thinking on my way home, what defines me? When people think of me, what is it they think. If they had to use one word, one photo what would it be? I’ve had a journey thus far in … Continue reading