I love the mood that winter weather can create. Cloudless deep blue skies and a crisp breeze. I can look at this photo and still feel the air all around me. Refreshing!
I love the carefree atmosphere of the summer months. The long days, the many opportunities for fun and vacationing. All these things are great but, fall has always been my favorite of the 4 seasons. Here in Georgia I’d even go so far as to say that winter might be my favorite time of the year because of the spring-like temperatures during most days. Most winters here are very mild and very rarely cold, especially for someone from Illinois. Although I’m not rewarded with all the wonderful midwestern autumn colors in my particular area of the south, fall still seems to have the most well balanced weather of the 4 seasons.
With that said, I’m really anxious for the summer heat to disappear. The humidity is unbearable at times and makes it impossible to go out and shoot comfortably during the best parts of the day! I’m truly looking forward to putting on a light jacket or hoodie, gloves and boots again. That’s when I truly become inspired! The tradeoff being that I lose some of the more dramatic light of the summer months, but at least I can go out and enjoy myself without heat exhaustion. The photo I’m sharing was taken in February of last year but I promise you, the weather was so perfect. Not like typical winter weather at all. A very mild temperature with a refreshing cool breeze. This is exactly what I’ve been impatiently waiting for.
Summer, you’ve been fun, but it’s time for you go away until next year…Please take your 90 degree heat with you! Thanks.
On the frozen winter streets of Joliet, IL a few weeks ago I captured this shot of my Uncle Fred and one of his best friends doing what so many of us in the urban neighborhoods do, either hitting a few blocks with our friends or, chilling in the car listening to music. As you can see they were more than happy to give me the shot. This was the last picture I took before hitting the road back to Georgia.
Happy New Year to you all!!!
I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday season?
It’s hard to believe but, we’re already 10 days into the new year! Personally I’ve been taking a much needed break from everything for the past month. I decided to go back home to Illinois to spend time with my family, specifically my youngest brother Antonio, as well visit our old neighborhoods. Of course one thing I never take a break from is photography so naturally my brother and I have been shooting plenty of pictures. Chicago is very cold but so beautiful this time of year. The snow blankets the city and everyone seems to slow down a bit to appreciate the world around them. I really needed this! I needed to be here to breathe in this cold, crisp air. I needed to reconnect with my roots and revisit my past to better appreciate how far I’ve come. Coming back is always hard to do because, I always contemplate staying. Although I’m confident that I can go just about anywhere in this world and make it, this is my home. The sights, the sounds, the people, the food, everything reminded me that no matter where I go I’ll always be a Northerner, and I’m fine with that. This trip is recharging my mental battery. I feel strong again, like I’m ready to take on my next set of life’s challenges. My mind feels clearer and I’m more focused. My creativity is slowly coming back. Honestly, you can’t help but be inspired when you’re in a place like this. I feel the energy of the city, and the joy from my family has given me an extra boost of confidence to carry on and push forward. I’m at a point in my life where I need to make some very difficult decisions about where I’ll end up living next, but being home is helping give me a better perspective on which direction to take. Now like I said before, I have a collection of new photos that I will be sharing here on my blog within the coming days, I just need some time to try and organize them all. I hope that you enjoy them, and I hope they can give you a small sense of what it’s like to walk the streets of both Chicago and Joliet Illinois in the winter time.
Finally, with this being the start of a new year I’d like to thank everyone who has supported my blog and my work in 2014 and years prior. I’d also like to welcome back all of my original followers as well as any new friends who’d like to come join me for what I hope will be an even better 2015. Let’s make this a good one!!!
Peace & Love! RNJ
Good evening! It’s been a while since I’ve added anything new but, that’s because I’ve been quite busy lately. Right now I’d like to share just a few random images from some of my outings during the end of last month up until recently. Included is everything from, the out of the ordinary snowstorm that hit Georgia, to an older man who looks like a motorcycle rider preparing to surf in the cold river, to my photo excursion with my Aunt Robin, my son sleeping, and my neighbor walking her dogs. I have lots of new pictures that I’ve been working on very hard to share with everyone. I hope to have them up soon. Until then, I hope you enjoy!