Like walking on a cloud, summer air brings a sense of ease to the everyday life. When one can enjoy the simple things, sun-kissed skin, taking a nap in the grass and loving each day a little longer than the last
Weather is a common subject on the blog, and this week is no exception. A heat wave has arrived in Helsinki, my first ever to witness, and the change it has made is astounding. When I step outside, the air smells different, the vibe feels foreign, like I have traveled to a new country, right in my own backyard.
The feeling of the Twilight Zone in full effect, the characters in this series changed overnight from coldly detached pedestrians to sunbathing babes in barely cover anything bikinis. For the first time in a year and a half, I bought a new bottle of SPF, simply because I barely used half a bottle all of last year. I was joking with someone that if Finland were like this more often, it would be more bearable to live here. This is true, simply because to me, this weather changes the city entirely. Like Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries, the before and after of Helsinki is transformational. It was as if spring sprung in a matter of hours.
Best of all I had the spark of inspiration and motivation to go out and take pictures. The lush spring blooms have transformed corners of the city and I am thrilled to capture the moment.
A bucket list item was scratched off this week when I visited the city of Stockholm Sweden. On an overnight cruise, kindly gifted from my mother in law, I embarked on a very Finnish experience locals call “the booze cruise”. While my journey did not include as much booze as some of the other free-spirited teens, it did include breathtaking views of the sea.
While spring air temperatures are still frigid, it does leave a glacial surface to the ocean water. A sight only appreciated for the chilly context in an image. While others enjoy taking a polar plunge between sauna sessions, my comfort zone will be at a distance only using my camera zoom to get in on the freezing action.
From the inside of the ship, you can see small islands passing and the setting sunlight. On occasion, another ship will pass in the distance only to make for some sense of depth on an otherwise isolated journey across the Baltic Sea. Traveling has its perks, no matter what shape it comes in, and I do appreciate the views of being out on the ocean with only the wind and water to keep you on course.
If you have been following this blog for a while now then you are well aware of the steady decline in content quality. I was aware too, and as Fred Jung played by the great Ray Liotta says it,
“Sometimes you’re flush & sometimes you’re bust, & when you’re up it is never as food as it seems, & when you’re down, you never think you’ll be up again, but life goes on”.
This encapsulates my relationship with creativity and the discipline required to perform. Creativity comes in seasons, waves, and fluctuates in intensity.
Fortunately, the tables have turned and I feel the inspiration rains coming down on my work yet again. Well, at least the tables have turned.
When I realized this downward decline I semi-spontaneously tried to resurrect myself, and the blog, by purchasing a Canon 50mm lens.
The images in this post have all been taken this week with the new lens. I am thoroughly enjoying this purchase and stoked about all the potential this investment has for the future. Life goes on, and so does the weekly blog, hope you enjoyed this week’s content!
xx – nasty trash