Listening to the song ‘Starry, Starry Night’ by Don McLean about the artist Vincent van Gogh while writing this post.
There are only 5 weeks left of this year, meaning only 5 photos left in my project 52. Never did I think I would see this project through…. But against a lot of odds, I did.
This year has been one crazy one, we moved from another country (and continent) to South Africa and our lives turned upside down. More than anyone actually know, because we never talk about what’s done and over, but rather try focusing on the present and the positive.
So even though I’m sad this year is almost over, I’m also very glad and relieved it is.
This past weekend I realised for the first time how absolutely tired I am. Tired of always being worried, about doing my best in everything I do, of the internet, of my phone, of my work… Yes, the part about being tired of my work shocked me…
This past weekend we were in the Cederberg mountains without cellphone reception or internet and that was how I came to this realisation.
And it made me realise that I must seriously reconsider how I do things, and more importantly how I think about things, because feeling like this feels like dying and it’s a feeling I never want to feel again.
For week 47 in my project 52 I took these starry photos, never realising how fitting they would be for this week’s post and the feeling I had the past weekend.
It was pitch dark, the skies were clear and scattered with the most stars I’ve seen in a long while, and the only way to see them clearly was by putting the light off, standing outside for a long while so your eyes can adjust, and just be there. The camera was set to a long exposure and that brought even more stars into view, ones not visible to the naked eye.
And that’s just how we reconnect with ourselves, the person we truly are, the one the world sometimes forget about. By being quiet and open to see, without distractions.
Now go put your phone off and use your eyes and ears and body to experience this day…
The first photo was shot at a shutter exposure of 30 seconds and the second photo at a 15 minute shutter exposure.