There are two huge beaming positives that came from my vacation to Portugal. The first, I picked my camera back up after what I'd love to say was months, but more accurately is probably years. For some people who don't know, I originally went to college to study Photography. It was my major. It is why I was accepted to The Maryland Institute College of Art (well, mainly). I fell in love with photography in high school. I had/have a passion for all things people, and snapping one moment in time of one person, one look, one tiny piece of someone drew me in and I found myself loving all forms of artwork I could use to explore people (always wanted to draw portraits, never landscapes-- same went for my photography for the most part). When I found video, I realized I could use it to capture moments like photography, but also use it to tell people's stories, and I fell in love with that medium, as well.
For some reason, when I graduated and found myself strapped with more responsibilities, I found less time for exploration and artwork. I think we all go through that phase where things we love to do find their way to the back burners for us while we spend most of our time and energy as young adults on creating a career path (that we hopefully enjoy) and finding a balance between work and relationships with friends and loves. Sometimes it takes it's toll on our hobbies and passions, and it takes something big (like a very expensive European vacation) to remind us that there's more to us than work and relationships. There's more to pad the happiness with, and sometimes I forget them (a small list: books, poetry, documentaries, photography, painting, drawing, makeup, nail polish, funky fashion, design, cooking, people-watching, singing, etc.) I've never had a successful vacation, so I didn't realize how important and useful they are in forcing you to rediscover these seemingly obvious joys.
(aka "Beach Don't Give a Fuck")
|Dan and I feeling free at the beach.|
|Happy for hours on this beach.|
|Obligatory Vacation Shot.|
I'm going to try and hold tight to these two positive aspects of this trip and remember them when I'm feeling too American.
For all of my trip's photography, you can visit here.