Some color & black and white street shots from Old Town 2017.
Airplanes have never been my favorite means of transportation, but this flight was totally different. This flight had more meaning. This was more important than a mere vacation flight. For the first time in 10 long years this flight represented a new beginning. I’ve dreamt of this moment night after night for years. I wasn’t exactly sure how I’d feel once the time actually arrived? I played the scenario over and over in my head on a daily basis. Finally, it was the big day, and the truth is, all I felt was tired. I was just ready for it all to be over!
I’m not a big fan of airports or the entire boarding process, especially the security checkpoint, but this trip ran rather smoothly. As for the flight itself, it was mostly smooth sailing, but it seemed to take forever to end! It felt like the longest 4 hours of my life! I guess that’s what anticipation does? It prolongs everything you’re looking forward to. Much like an agitated child, the closer we grew to the destination the more anxious I became. Just when I thought I couldn’t take anymore it was finally time to land. Thank goodness! We’re here, and we’re safe! Retrieving our bags even went surprisingly well, when it’s usually a very long, frustrating, ordeal. So far so good.
We stepped outside the sliding doors, immediately greeted by the lovely west coast weather. Such a huge relief! Somehow even the air felt different…Within minutes our ride happily arrived, excited to see us all. After exchanging hugs we quickly loaded up the truck and drove off. All I kept thinking was, “we’re almost there!”. A few short moments later, and after stopping off for dinner, we were pulling up to our new home. “Our new home”. It feels so good to able to say that! Now I can let my guard down a little and feel happy to be here. Time to put away the bags for now and get some much needed rest…tomorrow is the beginning of the next chapter of our lives.
The next morning when I opened my eyes I promptly thanked God. I walked over to the window, and opened the blinds. I was delightfully treated to a beautiful sunrise peeking over the swaying palm trees. With a hopeful smile I thought, “so it begins”…
The day of transition has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more relieved. Not happy, not excited, just relieved. After 10 long years in the same location I’m so looking forward to moving on and seeing what else this world has to offer. Creatively I’ve been totally drained and running off of fumes. It’s truly a terrible feeling. As a creator it’s definitely not how I choose to exist. Just getting by is never good enough! A fresh start will most certainly do my mind and creativity some good. I’ve been so mentally exhausted that it has started to take it’s toll on me physically. The last 2 and half months have been extremely difficult. So before I even think of picking up my camera and trying to explore again I’m going to need an extended recovery period! Recovery for my body and mind. All I want to do is rest… Once I regain my strength, God willing, I’ll be back to doing what I love. More from my journey within the coming days.
According To Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary A Jewel Is Defined As:
Here is a short poem I wrote in memory and honor of my wonderful grandmother, Emma Jewel X Orsborn.
Sunrise: May 18, 1928 Sunset: January 6, 2018.
“They say no one is perfect, you’re the exception to the rule
Because, God crafted perfection when he created this Jewel.”
As a photographer light is the most important element to creating images. Through photography I’ve gained a better understanding of light, and the importance of light. Light is something that we all need, the critical source for our very sight, but also a power that we all take for granted. We’re usually unconcerned with how much we appreciate having light, until it is taken away from us. We’re also unconcerned with how difficult our daily tasks would be without it, until we have to try and function without it. Such is the case with the following example.
It seems that whenever it rains near my house the power goes out. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter if it’s a heavy or light rain. I’m not sure what the technical issues are for this particular area or house? But never the less, it’s still a pain to deal with regularly! Power outages are never convenient, but they’re especially inconvenient when you’re right in the middle of preparing dinner! I was preparing dinner for my daughter and I when suddenly all of the power went out. Thankfully the food was almost done, and the oven retained enough heat to finish cooking even without the power. This was the second power outage we’ve experienced in less than 3 weeks time. In fairness, these outages tend to only last a few hours at worst, but on a hot summer night, or a cold winter night they can be brutal. The images that I’d like to share are of my daughter as she tries to enjoy her dinner despite the darkness.
These unedited photos were intended to capture some of the frustration of dealing with a lack of light while doing something important. All of the photos were lit by the flashlight from my iPhone, as well as a single candle that I found. The light that I provided my daughter was not included as a way to expose the photographs, but rather to assist her in finishing dinner. The idea of photographing her was a complete afterthought.
(Please click on each photo for larger view)