Still feeling completely stuck in a time wasting unproductive rut. Two things I would have laughed at you at any given moment of my life had you suggested I choose them as my profession: nurse and chef. Guess what I have become. I can't even tell you how many times a day I look to the heavens and ask REALLY???
In the spring (pre husband hospitalization) I imagined a summer where all I did was lounge on the patio and take pictures of the passing clouds. That's what I thought would be appropriate for my possible last summer in utopia photos. But it is nothing like that. I can barely even look up! Instead I have been photographing in the pre dusk low light taking long exposure photos of the edges of the shore. With the long exposures the water blurs and becomes a hazy soft white cloud like area in the image. I could photograph long exposures all day long if I went out and bought the right kind of filters for the camera, but to me that is cheating. Also, a long exposure in the middle of the day would have inauthentic light for what I am doing and the time before dusk seems important to the concept of this body of work. Unfortunately most of our shoreline is crowded with shrubs and young trees but last night I got bolder and trampled and pushed my way through some growth in a less dense spot and I think that will be my approach for now. I've already photographed the accessible areas.
Photographing only on the property seems like the right thing to do conceptually. I tried to photograph from a public area last night and my heart was not into it. I think that my lack of enthusiasm showed in the photos. Sweet pea, on the other hand, had a total blast thrashing around in the shallow still waters (which we don't have here around utopia) so I will for sure return to that place just so she can have some fun.