As I ride the bus to meet my sister, I think of Brett’s post about how he went to Sydney and there was no sun to take pictures. He was unable to take the pictures he had planned due to the weather.
I was looking forward to this day. I was going to get to see a part of the city I haven’t been before. And with my sister by my side, we would have so much fun and take so many Lego shots.
But of course, the weather had other plans.
I’ve never been a fan of the sun. I’ve lived in Mediterranean cities almost my entire life, so you can see how this might be a big problem for me. “The summers are hot and dry, the winters are warm and rainy.” I’ve memorized these words since elementary school. If only memorizing a few words could make the weather a bit more bearable.
I arrive at her neighborhood and call to let her know I’m here. While I’m waiting the clouds start to gather around me and I think about what to shoot. Even though my mini figures have already told me their stories, I can still make up something new.
After breakfast, we start to walk. She shows me all the places she likes and I tell her what kind of places I need for my shooting. This woman has one of the most brilliant and creative minds I’ve ever known. Ideas start flowing as soon as we meet. She suggests something, we make up the scene together, and I take the picture. She doesn’t need any instructions, inspiration just comes to her. I’m Emmet to her Wildstyle.
Meanwhile, the clouds get more and more dense. We take a small break at a nearby cafe, and just in time. Soon the rain begins to pour down. We keep ourselves busy with a game of backgammon.
Once the rain slows down, we go out again; this time to the shore. We find a place to take great shots, settle down on the pebbles, get comfortable, and suddenly I’m screaming! There’s a giant wave coming towards us! Fortunately it stops just short of the mini figure, but I’m not going to push my luck. We pack up and look for inspiration elsewhere.
There’s no lack of creativity when my sister is around; I end up taking more photos than I think. We spend almost six hours walking, taking photos, taking breaks, taking photos, walking again, taking… I’m sure you get the idea.
This was a day in the life of an “I-don’t-want-to-go-out-because-it’s-hot/cold/rainy/sunny-let’s-just-stay-at-home photographer.” I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.