My Place: From an Itinerant Photographer
This week over on The Daily Post, the photo prompt is Place in the World. Could a travel photography blogger ask for a better prompt!!??
But this is a deceptively difficult prompt.
Do I choose the place that I’m from? The sweeping plains of the midwest United States with the vast skies and minimalist landscape? This is the place that impressed upon me my love of nature and open spaces and the power and beauty of a stormy sky.
Or do I choose where I’m based? Where most of my adult life has been spent. I discovered the art of photography in St. Louis and have spent hours upon hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the city. I discovered my love of texture and abandonment in St. Louis. I love discovering my own secret place along the Mississippi River where I can be alone, and yet also surrounded by thousands of people.
St. Louis is can be photographically interesting, but I really didn’t choose the city; life and circumstances brought my husband and I to this place. It is where we live, where we work, but it isn’t really our place in the world.
Or do I choose a place that I instantly felt at home? A place that I would choose to live if I didn’t have to worry about money or jobs or any of the other life-things that decide where we are at any one time.
My husband and I often come back from a trip swearing that we’ve found our place and that we’ll return again year after year, but only in Santorini did we stop at an estate agent’s shop to find out what the house prices actually were and decide if we could keep our jobs via the internet (the answer was “no”).
I guess we’re pretty predictable, choosing a Greek island – isn’t this a common retirement dream? In reality, we’d probably get tired of all the tourists walking on our roof if we actually lived there.
Or do I choose the place that my husband and I return to time after time? The place my husband called home during his childhood and the city where I choose to spend the most time when I’m not at home in St. Louis.
London is likely the choice of many people answering this photo challenge. It has history, nature, architecture, life and energy. Whatever I’m in the mood to photograph can be found in London from urban street to historical and interesting architecture to nature.
This is a place where people live houses centuries old, yet living a modern and colorful life. The old living with the new is what makes London special – the London Eye looking out over the Houses of Parliament. This is a city with a sense of balance. A city embracing a past, but not afraid to completely change the skyline with new and modern architecture.
I could walk the streets of London and everyday discover something new and amazing.
So, it seems that London is my place in the world as it is for millions of others either physically or in spirit and it has been for hundreds of years.
Just don’t ask me to spend the winter there – it’s bleedin’ cold! How about I spend my winters in Santorini?