Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Let There Be [More] Light

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Photography
^Taken by me at Sunset - 10/1/2015

The latest mass shooting in America hit me just a little more than the others. Of course they're all awful. Of course they're all horrible. Of course they all make my heart heavy. But when callous violence erupts in your state, it just seems to resonate a bit more. "The shooting was in Roseburg??! I always stop there when I drive to Jay's hometown" was the first thought I had. Followed by memories of kind waiters and helpful gas station attendants I've encountered on my little pitstops. Were they connected with these victims? I then waited to hear the official number of lives lost. 9. 9 families grieving. 9 individuals no longer with us who held beauty and purpose and who had a right to end the day safe in their warm bed. Ugh. In that moment, San Francisco's glorious sun quickly became a cloud of gray in my tainted vision. I felt incredibly down and sad.

As I left the office that day, I felt the need to go do something that evening that would lift my spirits. For me, this usually means being outside - and I knew just the place to go. I arrived home off the bus, leashed-up my jumping bundle of joy (whose thrill to see me always, always serves as a reminder of the good in my life) and drove up to the Marin Headlands for some quiet time with the dog and my camera. 
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Photography, marin headlands
I stood there for awhile in silence with other tripodders who worked hard to get their shots amongst the spray of the wind and the encroaching black of the night. Each snapped shot I took came with critique which resulted in knobs adjusted and buttons pushed to get a little more light into the image against the charcoal sky. More light, more light, more light. That was the entire theme up on that hill. The only way I could capture this incredible view was by working to give it more light.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Photography
^Taken by me at Sunrise- 10/17/2015

 How perfectly in line with my feelings that day. With some pushing of knobs and adjusting of buttons, let there be more light in this world soon enough. So much so, that the sparkling shines through even against the cloak of resounding darkness.

Love to all.
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14 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Beautiful photos and words to go with...please universe, let there be more light soon.

Pat Hatt said...

More light would sure go a long way. Awesome shots indeed.

Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder said...

I love the silent comradery of photographers as we sit there (in sometimes undesirable conditions) to get that perfect shot. Your picture of the bridge turned out beautiful though!

Brittany said...

Beautiful message. Such heartbreaking events.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Beautiful pictures and messages *hugs*. I will never understand the evil living inside someone to commit such an act, and my heart breaks for the victims families :(

Green Fashionista

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Absolutely stunning pictures girl! And I totally get what you mean when it hits a little closer to home. I'll never understand why someone would go to that extent but glad you were able to find something to life your spirits! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh it really does hurt when something happens close to home. maybe because you can picture yourself there? who knows. beautiful words girl. please let there be more light soon. we need it.

Candace Shiflet said...

For some reason I can't see the photos but I bet they're lovely! I honesly do not understand these shootings. It seems like they are happening SO often! There was on in my state a few weeks ago at a college :( it is so sad! This was a great post and truly from your heart! Couldn't have written it better.
xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

Emily said...

Absolutely breathtaking photos and view of the bridge. One of my favorite places to visit and surely is calming for the soul as more disturbing occurrences make the news.

Myra said...

The sentiment, the photo - all of it gorgeous. These shootings are getting out of control & they make me so sad. I'm with you on letting there be more light...and soon.

Marie said...

Beautiful pictures. The shootings are so very sad but when it's close to home it hits hard. There needs to be more light, I totally agree.

chelsea @ the new wifestyle said...

beautiful photos and beautiful words. as you know, i live in portland (though i'm from colorado and my school was mere miles away from columbine) so school shoots especially shake me, piss me off and make me mourn for more light too. thank you for sharing this.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Gorgeous pictures AND analogy! :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

Thank you everyone for your sweet words!