Vintage Waters

May 11, 2010

The other day I was driving on the freeway along Lake Erie.  It looked so misty and still, like a whisper. 

I was coming from shooting a First Communion in Willoughby, a town about 20 min east of Cleveland.  I used to work at a quilt shop out there, and would make this same drive 4-5 times a week and I always loved seeing the water in its many moods…dreamy, sunny, angry, gentle,  sullen, and even solidly frozen.  Back then I didn’t have a camera handy…but now I do so I pulled off the exit, fired off a few shots, got back in the car and continued on my way to my other photo job shooting at the stadium.  It took all of maybe 3 minutes, less time than I spent in Photoshop filtering the picture:


 I love vintage looking photos.  They always seemed to be of simple subjects, as if all of our daily lives were worthy of recording.  And they are soft and slightly tattered at times, just like our memories.   Everything today is so sharp and harsh-and LOUD…hi def TV, super saturated pictures, loud noise and music, and talk radio.  It pounds on our senses, intrudes and takes over our thoughts, clammering for our attention.             

Sometimes you just need to kick back, lay in the tall grass and look at the clouds, letting your mind drift on the currents to wherever it wants to go.

Water is good for that, for letting our hearts meditate.  The soft murmuring of a stream or the dull crashing of waves, rhythmic and hypnotic, lets our thoughts wander wherever without any effort on our part.  Daydreams,   hare-brained ideas,  visions and what-ifs—things that, once we put them into action others will call creative.  We come away refreshed and ready to work again.  And so, even though I took this picture a week ago and today is cold and windy, I still feel refreshed and ready to start working again.

And about time.


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