remembering to be alive

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    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.

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    1. mitramirae 77 months ago | reply

      the focus and the tones here are beautiful!

    2. Magic@Photos 77 months ago | reply

      wonderful image with a wonderful story...

    3. Paul830212 77 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture

    4. Structure & Spontaneity by .K. [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      beautiful image.
      love the focus
      and colours.

    5. ChrisDale 77 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot, the focus is fantastic

    6. Bleedclarity 77 months ago | reply

      Simply awesome. I love this so much.

    7. Kalbsroulade 77 months ago | reply

      fucking awesome! that blue is so beautiful!!!

    8. fromfarbeyond 77 months ago | reply

      This reminds a little bit of your early Hasselblad shots. It´s simple yet it holds so much calmness and it feels like you´re actually there ... A true dreamscape..makes me want to escape into that moment.

    9. Schoonmaker III 77 months ago | reply

      I'm in this flickr stuff for the photography, but I have to tell you, as much as I love your captures, I really love your writing......
      Just came back from Colorado, can't tell you how true it is, so much visual stimulation and I don't have any great shots to show from the trip.....
      Sometimes the Holiday trips pull me in to many directions, and the kids don't want to wait for me to get the shot..... LOL.....

    10. Willi Morali 77 months ago | reply

      Wonderful seacape scene and atmospheric! Great focus and beautiful colors!

    11. Mark Magin 77 months ago | reply

      Great words, great shot.

    12. darrenerbe 76 months ago | reply

      Congrats! Your photo has been featured in our group Gift From The Sea, and has been specially chosen to be featured on our blog the-seafarer!

    13. chrisw09 76 months ago | reply

      Great focus - like it!

    14. Super G 74 months ago | reply

      I can hear it fizz into the sand.

    15. zerotolerenc 72 months ago | reply

      What scanner do you use? This is such a nice shot..

    16. torchesforghosts 72 months ago | reply

      Oh, I love Brian Andreas.

    17. JaneSirius 64 months ago | reply

      this is amazing. well captured

    18. Memo@ 26 months ago | reply

      wonderful image!

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