Hope

Hope in Connecticut

HopeThere are times in life when it just all comes together. After a month long trip in the New England area I have returned to my southern roots refreshed and revived to creativity. I must admit that the flow of ideas and eye opening days have been exciting. Inspiration can come from anywhere, yet I found this time in life to be very special.

It’s been quite a while since I had the opportunity to leave my grandmother’s cozy little home in Georgia….life just threw a curve and I’ve survived moving back to a small town, but when I was invited by family and friends to visit and help out with IT work in November, I jumped. Dropping all fear of those “Yankees”, ears were backed and I prepared for a road trip that covered two days of turning foliage and mountain roads.

My very fun and dramatic cousin and I had no problem filling the time with conversation, fueled by coffee and cigarettes. We compared stories and similarities, preparing for the weeks ahead. The plan was to work and play, and so we did. As the month progressed I knew that I really had it made. Meals were fabulous both cooking in and eating out. I did not have a single bit of bad food the entire trip! Stew Leonard’s gave me an education in shopping the fast paces of Connecticut. The grocery store was a racetrack compared to the sleepy Harvey’s market in Cordele. During the grocery races I was introduced to the Lobster Roll, a delicacy I will not forget.

Play involved visiting New York City and a show at the fabulous Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular! Chills of happiness consumed me as I entered this piece of history. Glitter and glamour were in the air all night as we walked the Christmas stamped streets. Nothing like a story book night in NYC to free the senses. Topped of by a great meal at The Oyster Bar, the night was complete. Of course I just had to go back into the city later that week and get in a few classes at Steps on Broadway, and so I did.

I began to see more and more. Colors in the sky, the leaves, the shapes of the clouds on a trip to Vermont. The camera lens became a portal to another world and I prepared the mind for another job. It was time to photograph. Working for an artist and a designer was a win-win. As I walked into the Bridgeport factory of Art-Lore, Inc. I was in awe. It began to dawn on me that I was in the presence of a real life Italian artisan. These are the things in life that you sometimes miss, if you don’t look. Being in jewelry design I can only wish to obtain the original and true techniques of artists such as these.

As we set up the lightbox and used the light of day, my senses were wide open. I was really doing it….gaining confidence….giving back, which I love, and it was a day at work! This is when you are lucky to love your job. It was at that moment that I looked to my left and saw hope through the cracked glass. It all made sense. The silver lining, the journey…whatever you want to call it, but it was there. I quickly shot a few versions, but this one was the pick.

Hope in Connecticut gave me the courage and the inspiration to post these thoughts: Don’t listen to ‘em when they try to bring you down. Keep it going. Love what you do. Put those creative blinders on and go. You may seem a little stubborn…it’s just protection from the impossibles, don’ts, no’s, and won’ts.

Passion is there for a reason. Go.