The feeling of going and moving, working all the time, shooting for newspapers and other clients, trying to make time for my own work - all of it is hard. The past few weeks have been non-stop, along with work, I ran into some car situations that drained my bank account and just put me in a shitty mood.
I needed to mentally slow down, maybe reading a book for a few hours or watching a really good movie (anything by Terrance Malik). I needed to grab my Fuji 6 x 9 and a few rolls of 120mm and go make pictures.
Normally I tuck the camera, film and some water, maybe a snack and head off to hike. I wrote after just getting back from wandering around Mary Moore Searight Greenbelt trail in South Austin. Now, I don’t know if I would say I was "hiking," the trails are gravel and at some points paved, but I did wander and make pictures.
I like to take my time shooting film, savoring it like a good beer or wine or taco. When I post this I probably haven’t even had the film processed it yet, ha, so the photos on here are all stuff I shot on my phone. (I have so much film to process, I should really dust off my tanks and process myself.)
It's a beautiful thing to walk into a grouping of trees and wait for the clouds to shift and let the light drip down the leaves on to the bark, creating just the right conditions for a photo you hope looks as good later as it did when you found it. It rarely does ha. It's like a 2 hour vacation. I promise at some point I process my film, scan it and post it.