Sunday, March 12, 2017

It's still life


For three weeks I’ve felt like I’ve had one foot in Guatemala and the other here in New Mexico. I miss the adventure and freedom of being in a new place yet I'm glad to be back home. I've been musing about the nature of travel, especially the kind that allows enough time in a place to feel like you almost live there. It’s like having two lives and those two lives add up to more than the sum of the parts. Two and a half lives maybe or three. It makes life seem larger, longer and maybe even slower which in my advanced middle age seems handy.



Today I get back to the basics of black and white photography with a couple of still lifes, the shallow depth of field barbed wire from the village of Golondrinas which lies between Mora and Watrous, New Mexico and the succulent from the cliff walk in Laguna Beach after a rain. The raindrop flecked agave probably says desert to you not the Mediterranean environs of Southern California. I live for these little misdirections.    

4 comments:

John Farnsworth said...

Thanks for the re-direction, amigo pal. As for travel, especially extended stay awhile in a place travel, I agree. I call it reincarnation you can enjoy! The barbed wire shot is especially nice.

Steve Immel said...

Thanks buddy. How's it going down there? I miss it. S

Daryl Black said...

As wonderful as your shots from Antigua were, the two from today's post clearly say "I am home and enjoying it." They are both quintessential black and whites in their own way and beautiful, but today, my mood leads me to the succulent on Laguna Beach after the rain. soft and yet clear in its many statements. Your text about travel is chewable and will have me thinking for a bit. All in all, a great blog, Steve!

Steve Immel said...

My musings about extended travel has led to several lengthy discussions about the idea that our lives are made larger by it. The concept is worth real thought as we contemplate how we want to spend our time in the coming decades.