“The Long Walk.” Leica M240. 35mm Summicron.
Sometimes things take a little turn. In your life. You think you’re going one way and then life lets you know, it’s another. Career tanks. Or you get paid $15mm dollars for your business you built from scratch. Your mom dies. You’re on a plane and the tears just start flowing, unexpectedly. You have a baby and everything suddenly makes sense. Or more sense than it did. Momentarily. Then life lets you know…
It’s a long walk.
You can live in the moment. Zen out, if you’re able. But you have to keep walking. Walking and walking until you find your light. Sit in it for a minute. Then keep walking.
I walked with a great photographer, Rinzi Ruiz, yesterday. We walked a good amount. We talked about shadows. We discussed human behavior. Our roles and capabilities. And we got yelled at by a security guard. That was right before I took this shot. “Did you get the guy walking?” He asked? Then the guy kept walking, we kept walking. Everyone has to find their path. But when two paths collide for a while, that’s the basis of creativity. These intersections we experience that shake us a little bit. Did you know that people can convey emotions as complex as gratitude and disgust just through touch? At like a 78% accuracy rate. Also fear and sadness and anger and all kinds of other things. “A thing is a thing. Not what is said of that thing.” I think that’s what it said on the mirror in the Birdman movie. Seems obvious, but maybe we have to remind ourselves of what is real.
Maybe that’s why we take photographs.