In the midst of a lot of life changes in a short period of time, (ie getting a big kid job as a wildlife biologist and moving to San Francisco) I’ve found myself really missing my time abroad. In college, I studied abroad for four months in France and seven months in New Zealand. Now that I’m settling down for the foreseeable future (which is what I’ve wanted, right?) I think I’m yearning for travel, and the wonderful people I met along the way. It’s been over two years since I returned to the states, and now that I have a stable job I bought a desktop computer with a beautiful screen so that I could really get a sense of what my photos look like and manage them accordingly. Of course, now that I have what I want and have pretty much settled into my new life routine, I have been loath to really get into my photos and take a look. Well, I took the plunge. Partly from realizing how much I miss my time abroad, and partly from the suggestion that I get back up and posting from none other than a friend I met in New Zealand. Thanks Mike, your photos and encouragement are inspiring. 🙂 I took a look in those folders today, and WHOOOSCH. To put it in some current slang, ALL OF THE FEELS. There were some strong emotions going through me there. Also, I did take some great photos that really should be looked at more frequently and shared. I also realized how much the people I met over there meant to me, just from the photos I took of them. For the very few of you who know my photographic style, it typically doesn’t involve people. This I think is due to two reasons: I don’t like my picture taken, mostly due to self image issues, and from my time in France. The French feel like you always need to get permission before you take a photo (especially of someone’s store or artwork, etc.). It’s very possible I picked this up while I was there, as I distinctly remember getting yelled at for taking pictures of yarn in a yarn shop in Bordeaux…oh well.
SO: Photography new year’s resolutions. POST MORE, and don’t be afraid to take photos of people you know. Oh, and I should try to take more daily life photos. I mean, I’ve been living in this really awesome house in San Francisco right next to Golden Gate Park AND the beach for almost three months. In my defense, adjusting to full time work had been a little difficult. It’s not like I don’t take photos. I do! But they’re mostly of construction sites I have to monitor. I suppose I could try to get artsy with that.
Hokay. Here is the first photo I looked at of New Zealand today that started all of the emotions. Enjoy!