Every morning I try & remember to be alive, he said, & then I count the hours until I get to go to sleep again. It makes for a certain creative tension, he added. ~Story People
It's hard not to feel alive in any new place. I've never felt so fully "awake" and aware of every detail as I am when traveling. The sights, the sounds, the light and the texture of places surround me. It almost makes it a bit more difficult, I think, to focus on making an image... because I'm basically overwhelmed by all the "new" beauty around me. I have to train my brain to stop, stand still, and concentrate on how those details, flashing like hummingbirds around me, might be isolated into a single photograph.
In this case it came down to layers of colors and the thin line of a wave rolling across sand. Add in the sensory details that I recall - knees sunk into the soft beach, body crouched over the cold metal of the Hasselblad nestled in my hands, the low roar of the waves and the damp sea air on my face... and it still makes me feel so alive.
Image made with a Hasselblad 500 C/M.