Forgive me if this post seems a little disjointed- I’m still shaking off the residual goosebumps from my recent camping trip in Washington. Finding words to describe the experience is still a struggle but I’m too excited to wait until I pin them down, so this will have to do.
As my days in the Pacific Northwest are coming to a close, I knew a last-hurrah was in order. With two of my best homies by my side, Derek and Aidan, we packed my little Subaru tight and headed to the Olympic Peninsula for four days of exploring. We tossed around the idea of a backpacking trip, but decided to set up base at a campground and do various day hikes around the area to maximize relaxation while not skipping on explorations. And that’s exactly what happened. We had an incredible balance of chilling and adventure. We covered all the terrain the Olympic Peninsula had to offer- lush forests and meadows, high mountains, and the colossal Washington coastline. There was heavy paddling in Crescent Lake, and slingshot target practice along its shore. Many beers were drunk and we ate like kings. The food- oh man, the food. From breakfasts of fried eggs, toast, and fruit to huge dinners of steak and sausage, rice, and veggies.
The following photos are from the first day of the trip- and that’s all I have to show. Why, do you ask? Because I royally messed up by forgetting my spare battery and charger at home- only realizing it when I drained my only battery on the first day. Upon this realization, there was some serious self-loathing. There was instinctually a lot of resistance to the situation. In an attempt to change my perception of the instance, Aidan suggested using it as an opportunity to fully live in the moment. That proposition really got me thinking about my relationship with photography and filmmaking.
With a camera up to my eye, I forget about everything else except what’s happening in front of me, then and there, and my relationship to whatever that is. The world opens up to me and my senses heighten immensely. With a camera, I am at my most present, my most observational, and my most curious.
Before this instance, I never really thought about why I am so drawn to photography and filmmaking. Or rather, I just really couldn’t nail the reason. But now it’s so evident. Shooting photos and video brings me into the now like nothing else. It brings me freedom from the influx of distracting thoughts that take up my headspace most of the time. With a camera in hand, life flows with ease and I feel fully a part of it.
I knew I needed to move on from this adversity to continue to enjoy the trip- and the only way I know to do that is to change my perception to see it as an opportunity. The revelation was like placing a key puzzle piece in my own understanding of myself. I can now articulately comprehend my profound passion and obsession for my camera. Another door open into my mind. And for that, I can be grateful.
I was fortunately able to move on quickly, and what followed was some of the best days of my life to date. The trip surpassed all expectations- and the experiences I had with these two incredible dudes will be with me until I hit the dirt. I could ramble about the trip and all the insights I gained for days, but I’ll leave it at this. Hope you enjoy the photos- there is still a short video to come.