Wandering Eye: Make It About Today
Man plans and the god(s) laugh. Last year, I took the first steps backwards towards my beginning. You see I had originally set out to build a life, a vocation, my visual expression piece by carefully placed piece, each revealing more of the overall picture. Shooting events, architecture and interiors, food, urban landscapes, fine art, and nature wasn't a slapdash approach but instead aspects that touch on and tells the story of our everyday lives. Travel photography being the intersection of them all.
It's coming together... one day... I still need to build up my... Then there was no more reason for delay. 'No time like the present' became a daily reality.
Fast forward to now and I barely recognize my old life, self, and way of moving through our big blue marble. Make no mistake, I'm still focused and flawed, this isn't an I-achieved-enlightenment-that-I-sell-for-only-79.99 type of story, just my opportunity to share bits of my journey. Opening up more: to imperfection, to discomfort, to the re-affirmation that our experiences are indeed unique and meant to be shared, not sublimated or morphed into easily digestible memes and like-bait.
Where am I now? Almost daily I ask myself the same question; sometimes it's a practical query considering how often my (digital) nomad lifestyle has me hopping from city to city. But just as likely, it's a gut-check. Where is my focus? Going into the Memorial Day weekend, honestly, a bit scattered and anxious. Solution? The great outdoors and an 'unplugged' getaway and a shared warm beverage and new connections.
What next? Savoring, working diligently towards unlearning and releasing myself from self-imposed limitations. You're welcome to come along.
Jackson Demo SP.1Entrance to Cal Fire's Jackson Demonstration State Forest where "demonstration trails have been developed with trail guides to inform visitors about the ecology, history and management of the redwood forest". Glow sticks to hang from tent guylines. A little trick I learned from friends. "I grew up in a forest. It's like a room. It's protected. Like a cathedral... it is a place between heaven and earth." Anselm Kiefer Primarily for meditation, but heat ranks is a close second. Brought my own tinder in the form dryer lint in a used paper towel roll. Kindling takes a little more work to find.
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