I’ve been away for a bit, spending time with family during and after the recent passing of my Dad. It was one week last night that he left us. And it’s only just now sinking into my brain that he won’t be there the next time I visit home.
In the midst of getting back into a routine, I had a surreal break in the fold yesterday, finally having a chance to meet face-to-face with a photog friend I’d made via this blog. We met for coffee at Busboys and Poets in DC (a new favorite spot, thanks Fatima for introducing me to it!), and our hour and a half couldn’t have been more refreshing and inspiring. There were talks of what it means to be an artist, photo projects, comfort zones, and life, in general. And after processing through that brief intersection on my ride home, I ran into the house to grab my camera and shoot the above shot…in honor of Dad. It was inspired by a shot my new friend, Rob, took of one of his friends who has just lost her dad and by an idea we discussed regarding pieces and Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus, Part Two, XII”…especially,
“Want the change. Be inspired by the flame
Where everything shines as it disappears…
Every happiness is the child of a separation
it did not think it could survive. And Daphne,
becoming a laurel,
dares you to become the wind.”
~ Rainer Rilke (translated by Barrows and Macy)
Thanks for a lovely outing, Rob. It was so nice to finally meet you. And thank you for your inspiring words. I’m on it. I hope you are too!