For the First Time

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's such a simple photo. And I probably shouldn't have taken it. It is slightly voyeuristic. After all I was seated less than 2 feet from this woman on a quiet flight. She was certain to hear the unmistakable 'click, click' of the lens. Still, as I watched her, I held the camera ready in my lap - do I?, don't I?

And then I did. I couldn't help myself. I pulled the camera up and quickly focused on her eyes. 'Click-click'.

As we were flying over upper New York State and then descending lower and lower over New York City, this woman was so focused on everything below. As if she were seeing it all for the first time. She pointed to things below, pulling her husband over to see what she was seeing, talking softly in a language I could not understand. She had to have been seeing it all for the first time, and I think that's why I was so moved by her. Her reaction to the USA was my reaction to Germany three weeks prior. As we descended upon Munich, I pointed to things below, pulled my husband over to see what I was seeing, talked softly in a language most seated around us could not understand. Butterflies in my belly. I'm pretty sure she had them too.

That feeling right there is why I travel. I suppose it's why so many others do too. The anticipation of seeing things so completely foreign, and strikingly similar, to your own way of life. Knowing that new ideas will be spawned, old opinions will be squashed, and perspective will be gained.

-lila

9 comments:

  1. Great photo, and great thoughts! It's those moments that make travel so memorable!

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  2. I loved this post-- because it captures so well that simplicity and yet the complexity of the moment.

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  3. Lila - this post is awesome. AND - I can't imagine taking someone's photo sitting just a couple of feet away. Eek.. nerve racking, but fabulous result.

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  4. Absolutely share the thoughts that you imagined the woman was having and that you have each time you travel! Terrific!

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  5. hey, thank you Ladies!
    i'm not the photographer in the family, so you can imagine how happy i was to capture this one.
    i'm looking forward to posting more of my personal thoughts on things, particularly my thoughts on some of the more interesting things i saw & experienced during this trip. stay tuned, and thanks for keeping up with me on this blog.

    Xo-
    lila

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  6. Fantastic shot! You don't have to be a "photographer" to take great photos. You just have to have an eye for interesting, fun and beautiful things and you have that my dear!

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    1. well thanks my Rach! the trick that i'm trying to master right now is envisioning what the photo will look like as i'm positioning the lens on my subject. i've been getting better shots when i approach it that way.

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  7. This photo gave me chills. Thank you SO much for being the first person to use #gogobottravel :) You deserve a high five!

    *high five!*

    Keane

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    1. Keane,
      High Five right back at ya! Thanks for the compliment on my photo. It was just one of those moments that you try to capture to share later. Glad to see that the emotion translates :)

      -lila

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