Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I dream of a living jungle

 Skirt: Kensington Square, vintage, thrifted; Top: American Eagle;
 Hat: Scala Pronto; Heels: Bongo, thrifted.
Listening to: "West of the Fields," REM (the Murmur album).

After work Tuesday, I spent some time down at the ancient Murmur railroad trestle. The weather was so nice that I was just itching to take photos. This isn't the first time I've visited this historical site (most known for its appearance on REM's "Murmur" album cover), but it is the first time I've taken photos at this angle. It's hard not to think about REM whenever I visit places that have their history entwined with the band's, and so I found myself muttering some of my favorite songs while I was down by the creek. 

I wore this outfit to work, and I'm loving the skirt's dramatic length and pattern. I'm trying to find more ways to style it, though I'm pretty content with the red and black color combination. 

There are days when I feel like I've fallen out of love with photography, when I dislike the elements of my outfit, or become disgruntled with how the lighting and technical aspects of my shoots come together. But since I've comeback  to Athens, I've found myself becoming more of a hometown girl as I practice my photography here. I didn't feel much of a connection to the town when I went to school here -- my main haunts were around downtown streets and near campus. But now that I'm back, I feel like I'm building a relationship with these old, historical spots. I think about them and how they'll look under certain weather conditions. I plan outfits around them sometimes. They've become familiar as my bedroom stairs, as old friends, as measuring sticks for my growth.  I plan on spending a good chunk of my summer taking little field trips around my area to find old plantation homes and barns, mossy fields and decrepit stone chimneys. I'm always searching for the next shot, and with that, hopefully I'm establishing my style as well.

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