Been feeling very unfocused, brain a bit cloudy. Not much of an appetite and decided to stop drinking for a week. Ahh yes. Like many folks out there, believe am suffering from Quarantine blues.
My day begins with the ritual of posting a photo a day on Instagram.[Ruth.offen] While in bed, for what seems like hours, reading the newspapers from Argentina, and the USA am trying to understand the events of the day. Has the world has changed in any discernable way?
And has me reading, under the guise of staying informed, helped me to focus, and or to feel better or do I feel indifferent?
With the constant daily reminder of all the news, there are days that I just delete all, and am no longer capable of absorbing another virus statistic or another economic loss. Those are the days I find refuge in walking in this city I am living in. Walking. Walking. Walking.
The other day, while walking this city, I asked a friend of mine as we walked, socially distant and masked, Do I look like a local?
He laughs, and says to me. No!
He says, It’s the way you walk.
I ask. Why not?
Please. Explain. I ask.
And he said, When you walk, your steps are not strong, you are not strutting and your eyes are all over the place, but not on walking. [We speak in a mixture of English and Spanish]
He was correct.
Hmm. Somewhat different than I imagined. This answer got me thinking.
I walk for the pleasure of walking, I walk to see, I walk to look, I walk to escape my apartment and most of all I walk to hear the words in my head. Wow there’s a photograph here!
Sure I walk to go to the bakery, the butcher, the fruit stand and the flower stall, turning a 4 block walk into a couple of miles.
I walk to get my steps in, keep my body active and one of the most important reasons, to open my mind to see.
In reading, the quote below was found in some forgotten place, but it resonated enough with me to keep. Now I get to share it.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Elliott Erwitt
All images wete shot walking around mostly my neighborhood of Recoletta, Buenos Aires.
All images shot on the street with my phone, Samsung A30 edited in Lightroom.
Disfruitas, Muchas Besos y Abrazo Enjoy, hugs and kisses
And an accidental video.
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