(fall 2016 )
On travels throughout my life, I've often had a moment where I've told myself in awe, just prior to departing - "I will come back to this place."
I can recall 4 different places I've stood, the view I took in while telling myself this.
In Italy it was after attending a semester of school, where for the first time I became a resident in a different culture. On a beach in Fiumicino, watching the sun set on the Mediterranean for the final time. A trip that was spent with a small group of close friends and a past girlfriend, experiencing a foreign country for the first time through a much younger pair of eyes.
Of those 4 places I can recall, Italy is the only destination I've been able to return to. It seems it's only been harder to break free of adult life and take extended trips to far away locales.
This trip to Italy was under much different circumstances. I was able to stand in many of the exact same spots in many of the same places that I stood in over 12 years ago, but not one of them was familiar to that old memory. That past memory seemed just as far away as any other time I'd thought of it throughout the years.
The realization of time and space, of my perception of it all. That every moment, a combination of external awareness and internal viewpoint, a set of variables that will never be repeated in the future.
And the following reminder to treasure each moment for what that moment is.
For reasons I'm still honing in on, I wasn't feeling very inspired with taking photographs on this trip.
On my last couple of days of travelling, I was holed up in a coastal village where the tourist season had far passed and therefore most every business had closed. With only one hotel and a handful of restaurants still open, I'd keep running into the only other guest staying at the hotel.
After our first conversation, I had to laugh at the mysterious ways the world works in. This gentleman was a very talented German photographer and our conversations instantly rejuvenated the inspiration I had been lacking.
If you're open to it, the world always provides the answers we're looking for.