Recently, I posted a blog about my gripe with Southern California and about how difficult it had become to find really good photo opportunities for picture taking. Well, bit by bit, little by little I am beginning to prove myself wrong . . . at least some of the time.
Don’t get me wrong. I still find it to be a daunting and challenging task that usually involves a great deal of driving before parking your vehicle and getting out, and actually walking around with camera in hand. It’s just that I have been finding interesting things to photograph and by posting them on my Facebook page, I’m finding that my Facebook friends from around the world are enjoying my photographs of my little spot on this earth . . . Southern California.
Lately, I have been making Facebook friends from Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Germany, and more. They are friendly creative people who love to share their photography with me as I do with them. Their work is so appealing, green forested lands, centuries old city and town scenes, people who do not wear exactly the same type of clothes as we do here in So. Cal., especially during this very hot summer.
I envy them for the environments that they live in and the ones that they are able to visit nearby with what seems to be relative ease. The images that they post are exotic, romantic, and beautiful in a way that fills me with envy. What a surprise I had when they expressed their feelings about what I was photographing, a small stretch of beach near Malibu, the Malibu Lagoon, chaparral covered hills near my home, a rare and dramatic cloud filled evening in the Antelope Valley, an old power plant in Pasadena. To my Facebook friends these were exotic, romantic and fascinating images. Who knew?
Some day I hope to visit their countries, connect with them and get together for a meal, maybe even take a walk with our cameras and make photographs. And I hope that someday they can come to my little neck of the woods, connect with me, break some bread together and make photographs here.