Adventures up North
It began Saturday evening. The drive up North to our first destination which would be New Hampshire. Service non existent in this frozen tundra of untouched land. We arrived at our hotel room around 10pm, put our belongings inside claimed our sleeping spots and out we went. Three photographers with no plan other then too capture this oasis of white powder drapped over peoples lives like it’s frozen in time. Dark roads with wind pouring through the mountains like unsubtle roars from dangerous beasts that hide in shadows. We drove North through the white mountains not stopping much for the chance of capturing, we took the opportunity to take all of this in. The clutter of sound and light back home in Massachusetts can destroy the imagination, so traveling through this northern land is mostly therapeutic especially for minds who understand the trap we are thrown into or witnessing with the abundance of technology pouring out of everyone you come in contact with. It is now 1a.m. still driving around taking in the beauty of this night. Some would say we are lost but what you realize quickly is that there was no particular destination just drive and see… see it all. Its beauty that comes to mind while being here. I’ve been to New Hampshire 100s of times and every time it’s more and more breath taken. Something happens to you as a human when you are disconnected from the outside world through devices in our hand, it frees you and allows conversation too happen in times where conversation is a lost art. We are now older men in our early 30s, still riddled with adventure. We have a youthful glow about ourselves, while the roads wind the conversations grow rapidly from discussions of what is language? Who invented words? What animals mated to create other animals? We came up with a Llama was created by a horse, camel, sheep, & little giraffe in the mix. These are the type of conversations that will make you realize how conversations or debates are so crucially needed in today’s times where people don’t even try to reach outside the box any longer. It is now 3 am (insert matchbox 20 song) and we are back in the hotel room where sleep is obviosuly not a thing that is going to happen. Ah finally the hyper goblins leave our body’s to calm us into a righteous 49 minute sleep (could have been longer or shorter but it was painful either way)
Next morning same day…
Before I go any further I want to express again that there was no plan of action, most people need a route or a schedule for the day, not anyone in this group was made to have those restrictions on our mental…
It’s like Christmas morning knowing the adventure that awaits. Once again we grab our gear we load the car. We don’t pick destinations we throw out “left or right?” And whatever is the concensus is the direction that we will go. Through the mountains the weather is unstable with wet snow ruining the chances of capturing photographs or Birdseye view with the drone. We still attempt to stop in certain parts of plowed out turn arounds to see what we can capture. That is the artistic value of photography, having the imagination to see something in this frozen timeless place of chaos and snow burying houses & cars.
While I write this blog I can feel the freedom of it all, the intense conversations, the excitement of showing each other our work in which we captured together but differently, for our styles are all different.
The last day of our trip…
Ah we woke up fresh for we got plenty of rest unlike the night before. Today we will be traveling more north through Maine! My eyes fixated on snow piled higher then what I can see out my windows, it’s just tree tops and every 30 minutes small towns. These are the things that I love to photograph. Towns just rotting away, buildings pieced together over time.
Motels with plenty of rooms available for anyone brave enough to endure the freezing temperatures.
Old gas pumps peaking their heads through the snow.
This is when I feel most inspired on this trip. I walked through 5 feet of snow (no exaggeration) to capture this trailer in the middle of nowhere.
With nothing in site other then a house that seemed vacant & the roars of logging trucks rolling by on frozen roads made in the middle of nowhere. I find a calmness to this trailer being just left here.
You notice that up North in the winter months that it’s like snow came and everything just stopped, like the people of these towns just froze with the lakes and everything around them. It’s truly a beautiful sight. The fresh powder, the abundance of bridges that all three of us love the architecture especially old ones. It’s like collecting something taking pictures of these bridges, pieces of history maybe? Maybe we are the last people to understand that modern looks and modern designs are plaguing our society and this style of architect will be gone forever.
We enjoy the talk of the bridges as well as taking the photos of them. It’s amazing to be surrounded with like minded people for even a short 3 day trip. We are just nerd outdoorsman photographers at peace in this world when we are set free in wilderness or city settings to have free range to capture what we see fit. Overall it was a great trip with great people and even better conversations. It ignited something in me I have felt I lost, that urge to explore.
Ryan Mello & Kevin Gallagher both reminded me of something while I grow my photography business, you must still shoot for passion (which I do) but to travel somewhere to take it all in while still capturing what you are seeing is something I lost along the way of trying to make money to support my family. I will always be grateful for this trip minus the terrible pizza we had the pleasure of eating.
I am not here to tell you what to do but I will express my thoughts… Put down the cell phones, get off social media, take in your surroundings. Because there is a whole world outside of this device I write on right now to tell you to get out there and take it all in. Take pictures but take them for you! Take them to capture a setting to freeze it in time forever. I am off all social media minus my photography business page and it feels so freeing.
Get out and explore, it’s a whole beautiful world out there beyond stories on Instagram or statuses on Facebook.
Thanks to these guys for allowing me to explore with them.