I know a lot of creative people and perhaps by correlation I know a lot of people who struggle with depression. They have told me (and they’ve told the world) how depression sits there, implacable, and drains the color out of the world until no success or joy matters. I believe them, and it becomes increasingly evident that no matter who you are or what you’ve achieved, that depression is a good liar and can make you believe none of it matters.
I know and love too many people with depression to believe that it’s something that’s shameful to talk about or to acknowledge. I want them alive and I want them here with us. If you have depression I want you alive and here with us. Don’t let the moment take you. Don’t be afraid to get help. The people who love you want you here. Believe it.
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Golden Costa Rican Sunset - Tropical Beach
I think this little beach on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica was where I first understood the concept of Pura Vida. Oh my, this is the way to live!
And I guess if you can’t live on the beach, you find someway to bring that beach life home… I think of that inner peace every time I look at this golden sunset scene with silhouetted figures wading by…
Edinburgh is definitely high on my list of favorite cities. It’s one of a very few cities that I came home and peered at job listings and pondered how I could make living there a reality. It never came to be but I’ve been twice and it’s always on my list of cities to see again. There’s something particularly magical about the architecture of Old Town up on the Royal Mile. This is still the image in my mind of Old World Europe.
The title of this one is a reference to the pub on the corner (left hand side). Something of a tourist landmark today from what I hear but once upon a time the location of the city walls - hence the end of the world.
Memories Of The Fox Theatre
When one sits down to consider the landmarks of Atlanta, there’s no question the old Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street will spring to mind. It’s hard to believe that it was once slated for demolition but then saved by a concerned citizenry who didn’t want to see all the city’s history covered over by skyscrapers. And they sure don’t make them like this old theater anymore!
Pompeii was one of those amazing places that actually lives up to its reputation. It’s truly unreal to walk the streets of a city buried by a volcano and preserved nearly two thousand years ago. It’s as close to walking in an undisturbed Roman city that most of us are likely to get. These ruins were my time machine.
Most of my last day in Paris was spent roaming the exhibits of the fabulous Louvre. When I finally decided I had squeezed in all the art I possibly could , I stumbled out into the cold night air and saw the Louvre pyramid in all its glory lit up! Wow!
I took a few long exposures of the courtyard and quite fancied how the people who stood still just long enough became little ghosts in my image, a neat little extra detail amongst the magical mash-up of architecture.
I discovered this little park just below the Lake Lanier dam in North Georgia some years ago. On my very first morning there, I managed to capture the sunlight streaming into this little river valley and mixing with the mists rising over the water - it was truly magical! It was a lovely little place.
I re-visited it many times as I didn’t live that far away, but never encountered golden light quite like this again. Truly one of those right moment, right time situations not to be squandered!
Sometimes, a second visit to a city has its own rewards. My second visit to Merida was just a couple of nights on the way to Cancun, but having spent a week there before, I had hit the highlights before. This time, as I roamed the city streets, I suddenly became aware of the beautiful doorways and the great architectural details. Wow! I spent much of a day chasing architectural details and it was as if a whole new facet to the city revealed itself to me that day. Ah, now I want to go back for more!