Subtle along the wall.

Subtle. Sublime. Shadows.

Sometimes I see. I really see. I saw these shadows on a bit of white washed curb. On another day I might have been in a hurry and walked right by them. Admittedly, there was some pretty strong and low sunlight causing them. But, with me you never know.

I’m kind of floating around right now. I photographed a second line yesterday just as I said I would. Between the necessary pain meds and dancing around on the street dodging first liners and potholes and our fine police force, I came home pretty tired. As I get older, recovery time increases. That’s why I laugh when some older professional athlete like Tom Brady or Drew Brees says they are going to play until they are at least 45. Even if they can continue to compete at a high level, recovery time takes much longer. And…. can you imagine being knocked to the ground by some 325 pound lineman? Ten times a game?

Get real is all I have to say.

I’m hoping to feel like myself by tomorrow. If I’m lucky.

In case you are wondering. I eat well. I haven’t eaten fast food in so long I can’t remember when I did. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I walk about three miles a day. I do two stretching sessions a day.

Yet, time takes its toll. That’s alright. It’s life.

The picture. As I said, on another day I wouldn’t have seen it. After that, it was matter of framing it so the shadows became the most dominant feature. I did a little post production, mostly to bring out the shadows a little more. That’s it.


11 Replies to “Life”

  1. Nice photo, Ray. I haven’t been following you for very long, so I’m sure I’ve missed details about your health struggles. It sounds like you are doing all the “right” things. So was I. And I was really sick. Then, I discovered that I was being poisoned by toxic mold. Now, I avoid mold and enjoy better health than I have in many, many years. I know that outside, ordinary person advice is not always wanted, but… It might help, if you haven’t explored that possibility. I enjoy your pictures/posts…wishing you the best.

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    1. My health issues are fairly straight forward. I’ve been at this for a very long time. Carrying 30-40 pounds of camera gear on your shoulder on one side of your back does a lot of damage. I cannot think of one photographer who is in my vintage who does not have hip, neck or back problems. We didn’t knwo back then and we certainly didn’t have the right gear. In my case, I have a replaced hip — fairly early — and four vertebrae that have been diagnosed as fully arthritic. That usually causes nerve compression which is what hurts — in my case, in my legs. Eventually that could lead to spinal fusion which seems to work for some.

      So mold has nothing to do with my issues. Besides, I live in New Orleans. We are nothing but mold. I’d have to leave to be completely rid of it. The only way around it is to run air conditioning everyday.

      Thank you for the kind thoughts about me and my pictures. 🙂 — Ray

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    1. The only way I can take care of me is to keep going. My hip and back issues will be with me for the rest of my life. If I stop doing what I do, I’ll just fall apart quicker. Just as long as I don’t fall into a pothole… 🙂

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