“What great adventure ever plays out just the way you planned it?”
This lyric, sung by Joel Smallbone of For King and Country, continues to remind me that I cannot control every aspect of my life. This is especially true of any trip I have ever taken, anywhere. Inevitably things happen, and you roll with the punches or fall behind. I find great beauty in the small memories and moments on these trips, especially those that are unplanned. Trips taken with family, especially the trips from this past summer, will be cherished for all my years.
My camera is very important to me. It is my method of preserving time and memories, and I often take it with me when I leave the house. The photos that I chose to digitally interpret for this collection are significant to me in myriad ways. I was able to visit family that I don’t see as often, spend time with those that understand me best, and visit beautiful places that mean so much to me.
I’ve always thought of myself as an old soul. I often wish I had been born in another time period – possibly the one my grandparents grew up in. I enjoy vintage designs and decided to take that appreciation into my work. After each digital photo is finished, I add a matchbook texture with a warm tone to give the piece a faded look – creating something vintage and modern at the same time.
From the high peaks of the Adirondack mountains to quaint small Southern towns with apocalyptic ties, I can easily say there was no shortage of adventure for me this past summer, and no shortage of inspiration either. It is my hope that with these photographs, you are inspired to visit these places or go on an adventure of your very own.