I spent Easter weekend this year in Hilton Head. Waking up extra early to watch the sunrise is one of my favorite things to do at the beach. A storm was brewing and it was slightly raining as the sun made it’s way above the horizon. The blueness pre-dawn felt like an abstract painting especially looking at the scene sideways. Visually, I could see the landscaped painted with a palette knife. Oils and texture but definitely monochromatic.
Something about being in an expansive space alone feels soothing. It always has.
As I was leaving, the storm was beginning to clear. Deep gray threatening clouds and blue skies in one single frame. It created this particular juxtaposition that I truly find intriguing. Namely, because I think I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to make categorical decisions of “right” and “wrong.” This way or that way. And what is the predicted outcome?
Even post divinity school where it’s highly encouraged to lean into the discomfort of ambiguity, my true appreciation for that particular brand of uneasiness is still being cultivated. I’d be lying if I told you I’ve even remotely come to accept in-betweenness in that manner.
All these things in life that I like to bind into neat packaged categories are most often defied in art and in nature, which might be why I find engaging with them both so freeing. I love when the sun and the moon share the same sky and when light and dark collide in a way that allows for their mutual happy coexistence. I find such scenes to be personally challenging - a call to be more accepting and more open to possibilities of what could be. Or rather what actually is.
Since I taken a full time job focusing on corporate photography and design, I have really had the luxury of shooting in my free time – whatever my little heart desires. Just what I find interesting or compelling for whatever reason I am drawn to them even if it makes sense only to me. I have found that I have been drawn to a lot of gritty textures in looking through all the photos I’ve taken since December. I’m just now having a chance to back blog and sort them.
I hope you enjoy the random assortment here from that morning in April.