Let’s start with Molly.
My go to girl for the past 13 years for good music, books, creative discussions, spiritual depth, and silly moments of being hopelessly romantic girls. She’s Anne, I’m Diana. I have not gotten to spend more than a day or two with her at a time since I moved to Colorado 6 years ago. It is such a wonderful thing to relearn a friend, to truly get to see the current things in their life, and to continue to walk with them. I am incredibly grateful that our friendship has lasted far beyond high school, withstood about 15 moves (mostly mine), pretty much every continent, some dumb guys, and other necessary transitions that life brings. I am grateful to walk with her, and that she can walk with me in creative healing, both as artists and as women who have been wounded.
During our trip, Molly said something that was significant to me, and I have just let it roll around in my mind for several days. We were talking about how I had said in one of my blog posts that I leave pieces of my heart around the world. Instead of that picture, she said she thinks that I take pieces of the world with me, and let them accumulate in my heart. Instead of leaving a piece of me everywhere, I gather pieces up, and in time, they become part of who I am. I love that image– that I have California, Colorado, Georgia, Thailand, New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Alaska, Rwanda, France… I’ve got all of those within me. It makes me feel less desperate to be everywhere at once, and more grateful to have the privelege of that sort of fullness.
Molly and I traveled down the coast, starting in Sacramento. Davis, Napa, San Francisco. Down Highway 1, along some of the most stunning scenery in this world, Santa Cruz, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Morro Bay. And then making our way to SoCal, through Solvang, Santa Barbara, Ojai, Long Beach. 5 days of talking, singing VERY loudly to the soundtracks we had each made, dreaming, processing, healing, planning, being ridiculous, and eating obscene amounts of incredible food. Oh, and a few of the places we stayed were most definitely honeymoon spots, and Molly chose to embrace it far more than I did 🙂
I think everyone needs their version of a “Molly”. A kindred spirit, a soul sister.
The lens I used for the entire road trip was my 24mm tilt shift lens. I usually just use it for architecture, or when I need a wide angle lens. As I feel like I am waking back up, I wanted to use an artistic discipline to make beautiful images. I shot everything at a wide aperture with the lens tilted and shifted, which distorted the images somewhat. In addition to the distortion, this technique also makes large things look like toys, and other objects look isolated. One side of the image will be blurred, as well as distorted, which I find very visually pleasing.