Cutting my teeth on some long exposure shots. There is something exciting about taking a new approach, trying something new and getting out of a rut. It has been a hard month in my world and is going to get even harder so when the best guy in the world encouraged me to take a break from my situation and braved the cold so I could get these shots it was a big thing. BTW if you read this you are the bests…..
There is always someone watching never doubt it. Weather it be a child, a teenager, or a young adult looking to find someone to show them an example of how to live and be successful. There is always someone watching no matter where you are. See I couldn’t even escape to take a few barn pictures without having inquiring eyes upon me. Always live each day knowing you are setting the example for someone else to follow.
I watch my mom suffer and fight every day with breast cancer. It is not a pretty fight and often she loses a battle. But through it all she has been our rock and our hero. She watches for me to post here so she can see the world I am seeing and so tonight I am posting this picture for her. She grew up in the country in a simpler time and a slower paced world. This beautiful peaceful place is right in the middle of the bustle of our town right next to the community college but like my mom it endures…………I love you mom, and when you next peek into my world know I can only do this because you believed in that little runt of a baby you brought home from the hospital.Sleep well tonight and believe me we are bringing you home soon!
How many times in your life have you made a wish, set a goal, or had a dream? Only to regret that they didn’t come to fruition because you failed to do the one thing it took to make it all happen, step over the ledge, go out on a limb or jump into deep water. I used to take chances. When I was young nothing could stop me. I jumped in head first and often found myself having to tread water but I always learned something. Something happened along the way I became cautious and stifled the urge to go for it. I could blame it on many things but the truth is I alone am responsible for following the paths of others. What I have learned the hard way is if we stay within the lines, in the box, and/or in our comfort zones, we will always get the same exact outcome; without fail. That’s what happens when we follow the path of others without taking the opportunity to form our own opinions and views.
To me, this is what this picture represents, I took a chance! I pass this building twice a day and have always wanted to photograph it. For a long time I had no idea what it was but with some research I realized I had set my desires on one of the most coveted photo opportunities in Nashville, the Old Tennessee State Prison. Yes there has been photographers granted permission to shot there before but it is very difficult. In the past this would have been the end but this new me the one who is learning to live again, she took a chance and I got the picture.