Today has been a little hectic to say the least. We have a print assignment for photography that requires us to print 1-3 photos inspired by Vivian Maier, Sally Mann, or Diane Arbus, none of which did I find that inspiring. Printing the photos adds a whole new challenge and a short time frame does not help. On top of this I spent two hours today helping Hannah with her camera which decided to stop working. So tonight I was in a rush to get photos. I walked all over downtown and came across this. This open Chinese restaurant devoid of life except the two employees, like the rest of the town tonight. Tomorrow will be interesting when I turn my work in.
The sign says it. As of late I feel like I’ve hit a dead end. Not in a bad way, not at all. Dead ends simply mean it’s time to check out a new road. I’ve been back and forth on the idea of returning to school to focus on a study that seems so obvious. A study where I would get to tie my love of photography & animals into days of awesomeness.
You know it’s time to check out new places when you can no longer drive down a road, any road and find something to shoot or something fun to occupy your time. A change of scenery would be awesome for my camera and healing for my soul. I’ll keep ya’ll posted, but you know, the pictures say it all!
As I drove downtown this evening, looking for today’s picture, I saw this sign and knew I had to get a shot of it. So I parked my car a little ways away and started walking towards this building. As I walked there, this older lady yelled across the street “Whatcha taking pictures of? You gonna take a picture of me?” I honestly didn’t want to talk to her. So I said I was getting a picture of the sign and ignored her. And then I started thinking about the sign and the lady, and I wish I had gotten a picture of her. I wish I had talked to her. I wish I hadn’t ignored her. Because as the sign says, she was beautiful. Everyone is, in their own way. If we would just really look at a person and see past whatever is holding us back from interacting with them, we might see something beautiful. How many times have you or I looked at a person and thought they were ugly, or were afraid of them because they looked different from ourselves, or avoided them, or looked down on them or pitied them? I have no idea who they are, but I judge them. I don’t even give them a chance. I need to stop that. I need to start seeing the beauty in them. Because everyone has some beauty.
When I took this shot, I was out driving around in the country on my way to Danville. I hadn’t ever gone this way and I was having fun taking shots of snow. And then I happened upon this stop sign. And I came to a full stop (for once) and sat there looking at. I had to get a picture. I guess I like this so much because it was so random and I could have easily missed it. But I didn’t. It’s so simple but I like the message. Just don’t stop believing. It doesn’t say a specific thing. Just keep believing. Believe in something. Find something or someone and hold onto it and never let go. Find that one thing you can believe in and hold onto it, no matter what.