I appreciate the opportunity to travel and explore new places, although many of my travels are work-related and involve long hours of meetings in hotels that look very much like the ones in other cities.
Spending time in downtowns means lots of time looking up. Buildings are tall and the whole world seems framed in them. Downtown Minneapolis is no different than most urban cities, skyscrapers rise up overseeing the traffic, the tourists, the business people, and the homeless. Steel and glass giants rub shoulders with their smaller, older cousins who hold the memories of days gone by.
Cities stay up late, lighting up the night sky. Looking out the window of a hotel room brings the city up close, winking and twinkling with seemingly endless energy. I thrive in this environment…for a few days, then long for home and my familiar spaces and rhythms.
And yet, even in this urban space, I can find nature peeking through. The moon played hide and seek in the clouds last night as we headed out for dinner, framed by the bare trees.
And even as I waited…and waited in the Denver airport on my trip here, I could glimpse the mountains in the distance, already dressed in a layer of white.
I love exploring a place and thinking about how the pieces fit together and shape the lives of those who live there. And I love exploring my own place too–understanding the familiar as I examine it through my camera lens.
So this week, what place is calling you? Are you visiting family or friends to share a Thanksgiving meal or to appreciate those you love? Are you staying home–and looking at the familiar in a new way?
You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #place for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.
Take a look around at the place you happen to be this week…and share a glimpse through your lens.