If money was taken out of the equation, and I was given access to unlimited funds, I would still need little. I would place the lion’s share in the hands of those who could fight for civil equality. The rest I would use simply to travel and document those wanderings. Perhaps I paint myself as a simpleton, but exploring new places at my leisure with my camera in hand, and my newlywed wife at my side is my idea of bliss.
I would watch as themes and concepts organically evolved, tying these brief glimpses and snapshots together. I would let the disparate places and images create a whole greater than themselves. I would stop to smell, and feel the breeze, and talk to a stranger at each opportunity, for I would have no final destination. The end would always be found in the journey, leaving me with a goal achieved with each passing moment.
Since this is not the case, I am nourished by my brief glimpses into bliss. I am rejuvenated by each small outing and journey along the way, and blessed to find them more often than most. Perhaps this is a gift in itself. Perhaps the fruit would not be as sweet if it was of unlimited bounty. Perhaps my bliss shines brightest when it only has a crack through which to flow.
For now I comfort myself with these thoughts, I take joy in my passing moments of zen, and I plot to narrow the gap between. My recent travels in Caracas, Venezuela was not a vacation, and not a trip of leisurely pace – it was one of intense instruction and learning with long and rewarding yet sleepless days. While that may have been the case, it was still a trip that renewed my passion through those I met, and gave me hope and excitement I needed in a way I was unaware of.
Despite the hectic pace, and emotional ride this trip entailed, I was also given the gift of time to wander. This gift came in small doses. It came while in the car between radio interviews. It came while walking with students down alleyways as they worked. It came when I least expected it, and wasn’t looking for it, but it was there. For these moments of wandering bliss, I will be forever grateful.
View and license my images from Caracas → here.