February and March 2014 on film.
It is always around this time of year that the ache to be back in the ocean comes for us. We go to the beach and brave the cold water but usually end up bundled in (what we call) a walrus pit on the sand. “Come into the walrus pit,” we tell our people, our family and extended family, patting the spaces beside us, and we lay on blankets and cover in blankets and press our bodies together to stay out of the wind. To stay on the sand as long as we can. We drink from plastic cups filled with margarita and flip the hair out of our faces and I look around and I soak it all in, all of it in.
My parents are part of a Woodie club and we visit them as often as we can for the car shows and the camp outs. The Woodie people are good, good people and they feed us and talk to us and let my children lay down with their dogs for cuddles and marvel at the cat on the leash. The environment is easy and welcoming, vintage cars and people who love to be together, sitting in circles and talking.
Last year, my brother moved to the Bay Area with his wife, a move I have wanted to make and never had the guts. A move that took my brother and his wife, a best friend to me, too many hours away. It’s awful not having them in my home on a regular basis and at our family gatherings but it’s wonderful having them with me when I go up north to work. My brother and Rachel are masters at entertaining me, mostly because we love the same things. After I work we do what we do. Indulge in laziness and time together, good food, exploring parts of the city we haven’t yet, drinking in bars, walking and taking photos.
It’s never enough time.
But that is a recurring theme/worry/thought in my life and the largest reason why I do what I do with a camera.
We Are Our Faces is a project I started this year to push myself to take more photos of the people I love and what is around me. You can read more about it here.
You can also read past entries by clicking the “we are our faces” tag below this blog entry.
Equipment used: Nikon One Touch, Kodak Ektar, Fuji Neopan Acros