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A Frame a Day (April)
April started off with a joke. Or at least it felt like it did. After waking up in a beautiful cabin (and a day of radiator trouble in the car), we decided to make a lazy breakfast and enjoy the 60-degree air on the patio. A cool breeze struck through the screen-less room. After half an hour of this, it was time to taste some wine, after all, we were in wine country. Barbousville Winery was only two miles away. About a quarter mile away, we were intending to make a left turn, but had stopped to allow opposing traffic to pass. All of a sudden we were hit from behind. Hard. So that’s how April began for me, with a wrecked car and a headache, literally.
The result of this accident is still lingering as I write this; Enterprise asked me to pay for a rental fee for damage waiver, State Farm claims I didn’t have a form or two, I have to get a notary signature for my car check, and had to go through the DMV process to get a new car. Somehow, as a victim, I still lose money: wages, car value, other fees like notaries and cab rides. It’s been a steep learning curve to auto insurance and accidents.
This April, I began umpiring for DC Fray. It’s a great side money and gets me outside for a few hours. A win-win in my book. April has been a creatively slow month. I haven’t felt the yearn to make images. This project, at many days, has felt like a chore, another task on the to-do list. There have been several factors leading into it maybe: the tiredness from umpiring twice a week, the lackluster training for a half-marathon, the increased work at my 9–5, the traveling to NYC to pick up a car. The long days are wearing me out a bit mentally, thus affecting my imagery. Call it a creative slump I suppose.
Also this month, I shot my first wedding of the season. I think this 365 project has served as a spring training to the wedding. Dusting off certain gear, getting into the marathon of shooting, finding creative angles, etc. Weddings are always interesting. They require you to always be on the look out for moments: mother of the bride looking at the bride, a slight touch of the hand from groom and bride, a niece doing the Nae-Nae. These are moments you must always be looking out for and capturing. They happen at Major League speeds. Despite it all, I actually enjoy wedding. You get to spend an entire day with people who are in love and celebrate that love. Yes they are 14 hour days. Yes, you have to lug around 50 pounds of gear from place to place. And when you miss the most epic sunset due to speeches, it’s all okay. You’re there to capture moments between two people and it’s a very special feeling to be able to do so.
I noticed after inputing all the images that I shot way more with my Nikon DSLRs and Mavic. I hope to continue diversifying my camera usage as the year goes on. In May, I do plan on doing same day developing for 35mm images, so stay tuned!
Over all, I don’t think I’m as happy with the middle April images as I am with March’s. Being busy has left me falling into too familiar patterns, which I hope to negate. On a positive note, we just hit the almost one-third mark.
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