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Presenting: Royal Skies | California
Photography has brought me many ups and downs, at each point in the cycle I’ve found friends and created experiences that defy the fact that an up-down cycle exists at all. That’s life through a rose colored glasses. Late summer, 2015, I took two weeks to drive to Phoenix and back with no camera besides my iPhone. I met friends in Yosemite (actually, I met these same people on different road trip for my birthday that year in April) and among them was a spare camera body, spare lens, and the tiniest tripod I’d ever used.
Initially I declined the offer to use the camera out of stubbornness. I felt that I didn’t have a camera because I didn’t deserve a camera and that was that. I stuck to my stubborn guns though an entire night of astrophotography in Yosemite National Park. Instead I remained a spectator and embraced a night full of stars and friends. When we arrived at Mono Lake, east of Yosemite, and I came up with the idea for Akasha I reached out for their camera gratefully. Later that same morning, as the yellow-gold pre-dawn horizon bled into a purple sky, I face west and captured Royal Skies.
What do I love about this photograph? I love her layers; I love the purple hues; I love the texture contrasts. Why have a held on to this piece for so long? For a long time, I thought it was too simple, then I became distracted by life. But the traveling calm I feel in Royal Skies as my eyes take in the details, the comfortable isolation I look for always, resonated with me when I rediscovered her. The jagged, rough tufta rising from the lake’s surface make me think of the heart beat of life- irregular and frantic. The mountains, sky, and lake are the crushing calmness, like meditation, that keeps that frantic beating from bursting out of my heart.
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