I sometimes wonder why I start my trips with a visit to a church. I am not religious in that regard. I find they are always beautiful spaces and it always feels good to walk into any religious center and just feel the vibe. Mosques, Temples, Synagogues and forests work equally well.
New Zealand – Day One
When I travel to photograph, I make the assumption that I need a day to get my photo-chops back in shape and that nothing I do on day one is worthwhile. Sometimes there’s an exception; a rare accident, a moment of creative clarity that emerges early. This might have been one of those days.
This comes from a walk Waitakere Park, a lovely network of hikes through the woods. There’s lots to see that’s different that you normally find. The ferns are amazing, the trails are beautiful, there are people all over the forest enjoying nature. More importantly, I feel at peace in this place, I love the light through the leaves and the muted colors glowing in the shade.
Today I am decompressing, opening up, finding my peace and expanding my vision. It’s a good place to start, I know there’s a lot more to come, the trip is just beginning!
Tomorrow, another quiet place but I have “started” and so far I am so glad to be here.