Sometimes you just need to go outside

iphone_06jan2009_0003iphone_06jan2009_0006Five years ago today I was in San Francisco for Macworld. While I was there, I got a call from a friend of mine at the Chicago Tribune. He wanted to know, rather than them using the Associated Press story of what was going on at the annual convention, would I mind writing a daily recap for the Trib of everything happening there?

Sure.

I even got a byline in the online edition for four days. Pretty cool.

It seems so long ago today, because the annual event that was like Christmas to me was beginning to lose it’s luster that year. I had spent the last decade keeping up on the latest technological advances and knew as much about Apple and the Mac as nearly anyone.

iphone_06jan2009_0009But it meant I spent a great deal of time reading, researching, beta testing software and being a general nerd. I needed to go outside once in a while.

And so I did.

And years later, I’ll admit I completely forgot today was the big “keynote” lecture that is the highlight of Macworld where traditionally the most amazing Mac things are being announced. I haven’t even bothered to read about the new whatever it is yet.

But I have a life now. And that’s good.

Sometimes you need to go outside.

iphone_06jan2009_00021I was walking home after meeting a few friends for drinks tonight and I decided to stop and make a few photographs. No reason really, just a personal assignment to see what I could come up with in the new dusting of snow we had today.

I like to give myself a challenge like that once in a while. Make myself stand on a corner and try to come up with a photograph I find a bit compelling. I can’t leave until I make one. Then I walk another half block and do it again.

Sometimes I like what I come back with, sometimes not, but it’s a nice way to slow down, take a breath and take in the moment in the winter night.

iphone_06jan2009_0012It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of rushing around these days and making myself stop and think photographically for a few minutes can sometimes feel like a luxury. But it’s important to do. It’s nice to just stand there and listen to my breath, while looking for an interesting image.

And as someone who really loves black and white photography, you’d think I’d take the time more frequently to enjoy how monochromatic a snowfall suddenly makes the city feel.

iphone_06jan2009_0001But I don’t. I’m probably too busy trying not to slip on the ice and land on my ass.

Yet tonight, instead of heading straight home, I did decide to stay outside a little while longer. Just fooling around. It was fun.

And just so you don’t think the nerd is completely dead, I of course took all these pictures in Holga mode on my iPhone.

The Apple really doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

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