Looking Back and Looking On

It’s been a while now, but I still see it as an essential time, and I can still remember it quite clearly.  It was about rediscovering something; not something lost, but something set aside for a bit too long.

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It was about reconnecting with some people and some things that had been absent from my life for much longer that I understood.  I had to take to the road to get back to it all, to learn again what is was that missing.

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It took a little doing, and didn’t necessarily come back easily, seeing people that I hadn’t in a while.  I guess you could say there was a warm up time, but after that, it all came naturally.

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In a way, you could say it was a time about photography, and sharing a love of photography.  But also about many more things too.  Essential things, friendships that began with shared interests.

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The trip last about 5 days, and the weather was erratic, ranging from gorgeous and sunny to icy and dreadful.  That right there says something, a map of the week – visiting museums and talking about Indian art, and making pictures.  There was lots of coffee and beer, and one fantastic seafood dinner.

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But having gone through all this weather and conversation, everything became clear again.  Sometimes you don’t fully understand what is gone until you have it again.  And friends are important.

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Photography and art are the center of my life, and it so nice to have meaningful friendships and relationships developed on this shared love and interest.

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I guess this week we spent together really ended with that great seafood dinner (and a wonderful view across a lake!).  When we all parted ways, I felt refreshed, and knew these relationships were something important, something special.

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I know this might all seem kind of cryptic to read, but some things can’t be explained or understood in a rational way, read in a linear way.

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I remember something the photographer Emmet Gowin said to me the first time we met.  I was quite young, just out of graduate school.  We spoke on the phone about an exhibition I was organizing.  He said that all the most important decisions we make in life we make with our emotions and feelings and not with our minds.

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This is a beautiful thought.

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It was long ago now, but a great week of finding things again.  And the seafood dinner was exquisite!

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