This happens every Summer in Portland! Life moves at an unbelievable pace. The days are long here. Having put up with the short cold rainy days of winter, people live their lives in full appreciation of the Sun. There is so much to do!! So much you want to do! If you aren't focused you can easily be left behind. The best way I like to describe a Portland Summer is by using Newton's Law of Motion... it applies. "For every action, there is an equal opposite reaction." We put up with 10 month of dark, cold, rainy short days... enough to drive people to the brink of depression. June comes around and you THINK the Sun will come out, but no... it doesn't. You feel you can't take it anymore and you are pushed to your limits of not being able to go outside without being wet or cold. But then... July comes around and Summer arrives! Portland becomes alive again! Growing up in L.A. I never knew this feeling existed. The feeling of appreciation for the Sun for the simple fact that it comes out and brings warmth onto my skin... an appreciation for Life and having the opportunity to live it! I have a funny story for you:
One night I was watching the discovery channel with my roommate at the time, who now lives back down in LA, when I had a breakthrough about life in Portland. We were watching Arctic Planet. Alec Baldwin is the narrator. If you have never seen this documentary allow me to explain. It is just like Planet Earth but specifically talks about life in the Arctic. How life is miserably cold and dark throughout winter to where life is almost at a standstill. But then!! For a very short brief few weeks, the sun comes out and life flourishes! Animals come out to play, mate and gather food to prepare for the long winter ahead. I laughed and said to my roommate, "You know, if we were to film life in Portland for a year and then take Alec Baldwins narration from Arctic Planet and dub it over our video... It would match up perfectly!" Summers here feel unreal, but it is very much a natural feeling.
I digress... Another well known Portland photographer used my house for an on location shoot to capture the essence of a Portland Summer. The experience was great having him and the crew over. One of my roommates asked, "How do you get on that level as a photographer where you can do shoots like that?" I replied, "There aren't any levels. The only difference between him and everyone else is that he is actually doing. You have an idea, you do it... and people say 'you are!'"
I haven't spent much time working on my website or updating my blog, I have filled my days being outside shooting as though my life depended on it. It pushes me to find meaning. Spending nights beneath the stars. Looking out into infinite space and coming to two powerful realizations. One: how insignificant we really are in relation to the vastness of what we know and don't know is out there. And two: how insignificant the things are that exist in my life that say "you can't."
I have a lot of ideas in my head and the more I let them sit without doing anything about them... the more unhappy I am. So I quit my full time job making a good salary at Sandbox Studio to go do the things I have desperately wanting out of my imagination. I don't want to look back when I am 30+ with a family, house, car... stuck within my own regret thinking "I should of did that when I was free of responsibility and had the chance."
The two photos are from two different amazing camping trips I took with friends. The photo in which you can see the Milky Way a lot clearer is up on Triangulation Peak right next to Mt Jeffereson (located in central Oregon). We spent a night camping there for my roommates birthday a couple weeks ago. I can honestly say that experience changed my life!
The other photo with the campfire is on the Washington coast this past weekend. Another experience that changed my life...