have you ever gone through old photos and realize that you barely recognize the people in them? even one's of yourself? you ask yourself, "who is that wild, crazy person with the feathers in their hair and belly button ring?" and then you think of what was going on in that former version of yourself's world.
the first and last time i went out of the country, i had just graduated from high school. five months prior, i spoke at my fathers funeral. i had the whole world in front of me; no debt, no concept of credit, no thought as to what i wanted to do when i decided to grow up, no idea as to what made me happy. i was just living. breathing. trying to not think too hard about anything.
i remember driving through the countryside of northern scotland and dreaming of living in one of the simple cottages by the sea for months, alone with myself to write and to dream and to be. a part of me has always been a bit of an escapist, which i had always heard from people in my family was a bad thing but i know now that it's what got me through some pretty difficult times. i could run away to "that safe place" where those terrible stressors didn't exist. now that place exists in my mind most days.
but sometimes we need reminding that those safe places really do exist. we need to go and visit them in person and reconnect with ourselves. so as of today i requested a week and a half off from work and i've decided to take a trip overseas, to stretch some muscles i haven't stretched in years; to push my comfort zone and gain some fresh perspective.
my friend, Amanda Tullis, will be joining me before she heads out on tour with luke bryan, and we'll be leaving at the end of march, heading first to reykjavik, iceland to swim in the pools and see the northern lights, then joining friends from last year's coldplay tour in amsterdam for a few days, and finally finishing our trip in paris.
i look forward to returning to europe and hitting some new places as the six year older version of myself, camera in hand. last time i was overseas was before i really new of the passion i had for capturing beautiful moments, as i think that appreciation for time and memories has only developed the older i get and the more i find myself witness to change.
here's a few photos i snapped from my last trip that were some of the first photos accepted into the stock imaging company hosted by VOGUE ITALIA, PHOTOVOGUE:
looking forward to what i'll be able to capture on this trip. we take off march 23rd and return april 3rd. wish me luck!