sometimes i get too used to what’s around me. so much that i look past, over, through and beyond that which is so unique, interesting and often profound within that space. i don’t appreciate. or see the potential. or slow down enough to experience. i ignore. skip over. and i become all too comfy.
but when i get some distance from the every-dayness or from the familiar, i gain new clarity and i begin to notice potential and see the situation, place, relationship or person in a new light. i like this process. it’s good, and it’s healthy. and more often than not, it leads to something even better, and i find myself content, inspired and refreshed. but in order to complete the process, i have to come back. i have to come home. i have to confront it, deal with it, and move forward. such is life. it’s hard but it’s good. i just know it.
crowley often becomes that thing for me. i forget what i love about it. i blaze past the beauty and head straight for the familiar comforts of home. and i don’t push myself out of the proverbial box, outside of those comforts. i drink from that same red cup, i sleep on the same side of my bed, i spend far too much time in the green chair. of course, this is all fine and dandy, but alas, there is more…more to love, more to experience, to notice, to taste and see and of course more to photograph.
this weekend i experienced more of crowley, and i quite liked it. i did a family photo shoot and senior photo shoot there this weekend and i forced myself to shoot in new locations. and to find them on the fly and to notice something different and unique. and i found awesome spots all within five minutes from my house (most of which were on my street). and now i have a deeper appreciation for juniper drive and for crowley. it now has photo-shoot worthy status for me. before it was just normal, boring and uninspired. until i looked at it differently and gave it some love. yay for crowley lake. now, i can’t wait to shoot here again. who’s next?
*photos from this weekend’s photographic wanderings are to come in the next few days…