Monochrome Mondays

Looking Out

This is one of those moments where I feel the photograph needs to do most of the talking. I have a lot on my mind lately. Some good, some not so good. Neither of which will keep me silent on here for having this space is a very helpful thing to have to get thoughts out. That is why I think writing or any outlet of creativity is so vital, and its a lesson I learned late. But I suppose that is what still fuels me to keep going here, even when there are gaps of time between posts, even if I’m not writing about music so much. Even if my words here are fewer, the camera in my hand is a powerful tool of expression. It can be happy, sad or introspective.

As I mentioned last week I was at the beach recently. Early on my last morning there I went out for a walk, clutching a cup of coffee and enjoying the sun on my face. When I stepped on to the beach I saw this solitary figure on the pier gazing out. It reminded me of…me. Actually if this person had not been there I would have been standing on that pier as well, looking out on the passing ships and sea birds flying about. But instinctively I took a few photos, and then I realized the reason it felt that way was that I was feeling a sense of it reflecting on my own mind these days. Before I carried this camera with me, I would have had only one half of this equation-I would be looking out without understanding WHY? Now at least when I have thoughts I can reason them out a little more clearly because I see things on both sides of the lens. And that helps.

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6 thoughts on “Monochrome Mondays

  1. Aakansha

    I can say with utmost confidence that had I been anywhere near the breathtaking place you took this picture, I too would’ve chosen a place to gaze at the waters and save myself a moment of peace and solitude.

    Beautiful photograph, like always.

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    1. Thank you once again Aakansha. First let me say I have some catching up to do with your posts. I haven’t forgotten, I just haven’t really had as much time to focus on stuff lately. As to the photo, thank you for about the 1000th time! I do feel a connection to the water, and I could get all mystical and profound about the reasons why, but I think what it all comes down to is that water-the ocean, lakes, rivers, streams are…just interesting. I also have this thing, and it happens over here on the East Coast of the US, and it happens when I am in Ireland. Its that feeling of standing on the edge looking out at the Atlantic. Knowing that ahead of your gaze for thousands of miles is endless ocean. Its a powerful feeling.


      1. Aakansha

        I completely understand you there Robert. When I gaze at what seems like an infinite body of crystal blue or maybe even the night sky or the sky in general, that’s when I usually feel the weight of being so tiny. Just a speck of dust in a vast, magnificent system full of wonders beyond human comprehension.

        What are we before the mighty power of nature? Nature, that can destroy us yet ironically can often be the only thing that can bring us repose.

        That’s completely okay Robert. Take all the time you need to contemplate and fix what needs fixing. My blog will always be there patiently waiting for your thoughts and presence.

        Until then, you have all the luck and support from me. You deserve it wholly. 🙂

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      2. That is a really great point. I do watch the sky a lot too. Can’t see too many stars in the big city but the sky in general does give off that powerful sensation. Your question is entirely apt as well. Floods from hurricanes that destroy homes, droughts from lack of rain that cause hunger. Its a vicious cycle.

        Thank you for understanding and for your kind words. Your writing always astounds me, and I’m still so incredibly honored you wrote fiction around my photo! Things are just kind of a muddle right now but I’m looking into ways to get back to clarity :-). Thank you so much!


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