More often than not when traveling, I am the one in the passenger seat. It’s not that I don’t like to drive, it’s just that the people I travel with tend to like to be behind the wheel more then I do. This is a good thing since I would rather be soaking in the sights as the world slips past my window. I can take photos and not have to manage my camera and the steering wheel while on a roadtrip. These images were taken on the way home from my Portland adventure two weeks ago.
I knew I wanted to share this set of photos here, but wasn’t sure what I was going to talk about. I looked up a few books in search of quotes, but nothing was fitting with my mood. I realize all of the images are a little dark, but each has a glimmer of light shinning in the distance or flare bursting through the edges. As I know many of my fellow American readers might be heading out on the road today to meet up with family and friends for Thanksgiving tomorrow I thought I would use the dark and light as a metaphor.
I know that this holiday (and the season in general) can either be extremely exciting or extremely stressful. As you help in the kitchen with parents, siblings or dear friends, watch football with rowdy cousins, nieces and nephews, and then once you finally sit down around the table together; I would like to encourage you to use your photographic skills of finding the light in the everyday to find the bright spot in each of the people you are surrounded by. Sometimes our personal and internal roads are dark, but we all have a spot in us that glows from within or right out of our edges. Some share the glow inside easily with those around them. While others find it much more difficult. So go on, find the light (and maybe a cocktail to help along the way) and have a wonderful and THANKfilled day tomorrow.
Oh, thank you for this,Vanessa! I love the mood in your gorgeous images and although we do not celebrate Thanksgiving here…your words are in my ears!
Yes, they can be applied any old day of the year.
Thank you for your kind words.
Wise words indeed Vanessa. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving either, but your words resonate with me for the Christmas season, which for me is all about finding what little light there is during the darkest part of winter.
Also – I love the sinuous, curving lines in some of your images, the second one from the top in particular. So atmospheric and mysterious and beautiful.
Oh thank you jenny.
Beautiful post, Vanessa. Just perfect — photos and sentiments. xoxo
What a unique and touching post! I love your words Vanessa
Thank you Cara. Wishing you a wonderful holiday!
Oh Vanessa I love these images. So moody and yet hopeful at the same time. I especially like the second one, so many wonderful opposites there – it’s so big (the trees) and small (the cars) and dark and light. I also love being in the passenger seat. I’ve taken so many photos from just that spot. Hope your holiday is a good one.
Just leave the driving to me. 🙂
Ah! This looks like a totally epic road trip and gorgeous words to go with. I love being a passenger too; music on, camera on my lap, just in case. Sorted.
V these are all stunners. Beautiful words too – a needed reminder as we head ever deeper into the heart of winter. Thank you.
Oh Vanessa, these images are so stunning and all I want to do is hit the soon-to-be snow covered road! Gorgeous post all around…
These are stunning Vanessa!!! I love them all, but that last one slays me! Gorgeous work, xo