Wedding season is over. I shot my last one new year's eve. I even got to be there for the countdown. This weekend, I took my camera out to shoot with no real agenda other than, make something that I like, for me. So I did that. I got in the car and headed to one of my favorite places to shoot...
I made my way down to coastal Rhode Island to visit one of my favorite winter retreats. Misquamicut beach is such a great place to visit in winter. when the weather is 40 degrees or above, my kids generally end up running around coatless and wondering why I wont let them get wet. It’s a great place to simply walk. Just pick a direction and walk to that halfway point you pick at any moment you wish. I’ve gone to the beach because I’m happy, because I’m sad, and even because the kids begged to go :) one thing I love about the area is the potential energy stored in the air around the countless brightly colored buildings. (Colors so bright that most zoning regulations probably wouldn't allow them to be used in such a high traffic area, but at the beach, they fit.) I swear if you just stop, look around and listen you can almost hear the conversations that were, and the ones that will be. Often times, as I make the drive in to the area, Don Henley’s "the boys of summer" will spool up in the back of my mind.
Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. Thousands upon thousands of cubic yards of the beach were moved inland by the swell of the storm. That massive volume of sand and water moved huge structures, destroyed buildings and left the area a shambles, some areas under feet of sand. Pylons that once held structures protrude from the sand, defeated by the storm; they are tattered and will need to be removed.
I wanted to see what the storm had done. It was terrible what sandy did to the eastern seaboard. I’m hopeful that the voices that still hang in the air from last year and those that will be realized this summer, are inspiration enough for the folks that run those great businesses.