I had the most perfect morning imaginable. I really mean that, even more than other days that I say the same thing (what can I do, I’m an eternal optimist.). I awoke early from a nightmare at 3:45am so I decided to make use of my extra 15 minutes and drive out early to scout. I went about 45 minutes away to find a beautiful forest. As I walked through the trees a family of elk grazed in a nearby field. It was blue out. I felt like the only human for miles. I was completely at peace.
My mind wandered through the forest to the farthest reaches of my imagination and back again as I took a moment to lay quietly on the ground. An ant crawled up my hand and back down again, and I let the tickle linger before wiping it away and going back to my equipment that lay a few feet away. As I set myself up for a portrait I noticed the absence of something. The anxiety that is ever-present in me, be it big or small, was gone. I wasn’t thinking of how much time I had or if my idea was good. Where it would have been there was only calm.
Portrait finished, I began setting up for video. I knew only that I wanted a loose narrative and to learn slow motion. I spent the evening before reading forums and tinkering with my camera until I felt certain I could achieve what I wanted. As I began filming I let the narrative take over and lead myself to different parts of the woods, each shot becoming what it wanted to be. I never forced it. I became it.
I hope your day is as kissed by the sun as mine has been. I’m quite proud of today’s content, and for that I am grateful. Day 8, I love you.
Lash LaRue - There are many things to praise about the video, but I will limit myself to one: the pacing. The pace feels languid, but almost all of the “scenes” are about two seconds long, which means that it never drags. Splendid work, Brooke.
brookeshaden - That really means a lot to me. I struggle with pacing quite a lot and am really trying to work on it. Thank you!
Lash LaRue - I understand your feeling that pacing is hard for you; it is for everyone. But you nailed it with this video.
Josie White - Amazing work Brooke!! I wish that one day I am able to let myself go and create in the moment. Your vision came to life and made me “feel”. Love every second:)
brookeshaden - You will, Josie! Oddly enough, for some people it takes practice. It certainly does for me. 🙂
Gallagher (Fit BMX) - I can tell that you had a wonderful day, the video and every photo is outstanding!
“I felt like the only human for miles. I was completely at peace.” This is exactly why I love hiking by myself. 🙂
My day could have been better, but that is okay. Glad yours was magical! 🙂
brookeshaden - Aww I wish your day was better! Hug!