Travel. Revitalizing, inspiring, always an adventure. This January, after skiing with my husband and kids (a wonderful time and another story for another day), I was fortunate to get to go on a trip to Southern California with my mom and sister for ten fabulous days. Having grown up the two daughters of a single mom, we spent most of our childhood just us and Mom. Since we’ve been adults, though, things have changed a lot (all for the better… step-dad, step-brothers, husband, children…). It has been decades since we’ve spent any significant time together just the three of us. For Christmas, my awesome step-dad gifted my mom (really all of us) this trip – to spend time just the three of us – like old times. It was amazing.
I gave myself a challenge. I brought only one lens (Lens Baby Composer Pro), along with my little GoPro camera, on this trip. I knew it would be challenging for me to give up my perfect focus and full control, but I also hoped it would be creatively inspiring. And that it was. The freedom that comes with knowing that the lens doesn’t focus perfectly and that you’re going to intentionally create somewhat wonky images was just the challenge I needed. It made the photography all fun for me, and I am in love with many of the images from the trip.
We packed a lot into ten days, but mostly, we hung out on the balcony of our bungalow suite and created paintings and drawings (and got to take two art classes together – my favorite part of the trip).
So here’s what came out of my little single-lens challenge. Santa Monica, January 2014. Mom, sister and me. <3
This post is a part of my blog carousel group. Please follow the carousel to see other photographers’ takes on travel… to Central New York Photographer Kim Prochazka. When you follow the links all the back around to me, you’ve reached the end of the carousel. Enjoy!