I’ve been getting these really interesting freelance jobs lately, doing photographic work for an innovative solar-panel company. I keep going to these truly unique sites, documenting anything I find interesting.
That’s been the entire job. They give me an address and tell me to go crazy with it. The freedom in that is just so beautiful to me. It keeps commercial work interesting when you can still maintain some kind of identity doing it.
Yesterday, I went to a sustainable living center and marveled at the whole thing. Chickens running in between the solar panels, pecking at one another and asserting dominance. Frogs diving in and out of the sun-baked pond, sniping gnats out of thin air. Bees pollinating the flowers, stacks of firewood cut evenly and laid out atop one another. The buzzing sound of cars on a distant freeway.
And then there was me, snapping hundreds of photos in complete solitude. Nobody to interrupt me, nothing to distract the moment at all.
My favorite feeling in the world comes from those small moments when you realize that you’re alive in a specific moment. You aren’t looking toward the week ahead and you aren’t reminiscing about a day gone by. You’re just there, alive in that specific moment.
I was glad to have my camera with me.