Everyday, I have a couple dozen blogs sent to me. Some are about photography, some about business, some about personal development or personal philosophy. Though some may say they don’t go together, in my mind, they’re inseparable
So, where’s this all coming from? I was reading one particular blog a few moments ago, (this one as a matter of fact), and it all seemed suddenly clear… I have this passion about freedom. It runs through every belief system I have. It’s how I try to live my life.
For example, I love living aboard a sailboat. The quote from Captain Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean really hits home for me. “That’s what a ship is you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs, but what a ship is… what the Black Pearl really is… is freedom.” It’s the freedom to move if you don’t like a neighbor; move if you don’t like the weather; move if you… well, if you want to. When I live on a boat, we do what we can to be more self-sufficient. We are more conservative on the water. We produce our own energy, we haul water from shore, so we’re careful with what we do with those resources. Instead we read, play games together, go to shore, and in general live our lives. (As I move aboard, I’m hoping to find a way to make video clips to share what my life aboard life is like.
I knew how my choices in lifestyle were an example of my expression of freedom. I also have a very clear idea about how my believe system promotes personal freedom and following your joy. (Which is a whole other conversation.)
The epiphany came in the fact that my vacation/destination portraiture fits into that also. Now to some of you, it may be obvious. But to me, I was desperate to try to see how the two really portrayed the same message, the same core. Suddenly, (as noted by the use of “epiphany”), I see that what I’m working towards doing, is capturing moments of others savoring their precious few moments of freedom. This fragment of freedom becomes frozen in time, carefully tuned and polished like a fine diamond, to let the message of that single moment shine through. Joy. The joy of the salty smell floating through the air. The timelessness of looking out over a seemingly endless ocean. The elation of sand pressing through your toes while the breeze caresses the palm trees.
I want to give you a moment to enjoy for the rest of your life; a piece of personal freedom.