Time must be set and hours must be assigned to provide for our health of soul.---St. Augustine
It's been about three months since my last post. I meant to resume a couple of weeks ago, but living in South Louisiana, we are on constant alert as it's the peak hurricane season. As for this past summer, with the exception of a trip to Oregon, I have taken few photos. Summers are very hard for me in regards to photography. If any one has been to South Louisiana in the summer, particularly, July and August, you understand. The heat and more specifically, the humidity are excessively oppressive. In mid June, I attempted taking photos one morning. I set out at 7 a.m. By 7:10, I was drenched in so much sweat it was as though I had walked through a waterfall. And that was JUNE. It only gets worse after that. Now we are finally getting a reprieve as fall is on the horizon.
But I think breaks are important. It allows us to regroup and catch our breath so that when we resume our projects, we are invigorated with a fresh perspective. Since the heat was too unbearable to be out making photos, I took the time to catch up on some editing. I also reviewed photos from earlier in the year. Something, I rarely do. I have a bad habit of doing a shoot then quickly picking the photos I think are keepers and moving on. So I surprised myself, when reviewing photos, I found some that on first inspection, I had deemed not worth editing, but now saw their potential. It seems that the few months away, allowed me to look at the photos with fresh eyes. The pictures on this blog are a result of that second pass through.
We live in a hurried world. And as a result we tend to rush from task to task, thinking that if we pause for a moment we will fall behind, miss something or not be productive. However, it seems to me all those things happen when we DON'T take a moment. I'm learning the value of taking time to just be and breathe. But don't take my word for it. Try it yourself. Just allow yourself to rest, be lazy, and I bet when you address whatever project you have coming up, you too will have fresh eyes. :)