FOTO FRIDAY: A Beautiful Day in Cooperstown

FOTO FRIDAY: A Beautiful Day in Cooperstown

Today was beautiful. And in the spirit of beautiful days, I thought this edition of Foto Friday could be an image from another beautiful day. It was Cooperstown, NY in the summer. I was a photography intern at Glimmerglass Opera for a few months. The summer was an unforgettable one, filled with highs and lows. My girlfriend of over a year and I split up at the beginning of the summer, and I was pretty much a wreck. I was far from home. Hell, I was far from everything. Cooperstown has one stoplight. And we stayed fifteen minutes away from that. The nearest Wal-Mart was an hour drive. And while the isolation killed me at first, I slowly started to embrace it. I went outside and enjoyed the quiet. I ran. And on those 3 and 4 and 5 mile jogs, I was wide-eyed at the beauty that surrounded me. My favorite time to run was sunset, when the heat wasn’t overbearing, nor was the lovely perfume of cow shit. I remember one particular day when life was just right. I had earlier learned that one of my photos had been selected to run in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. I felt successful beyond words. I felt confident. I strapped shoes on my feet and went running. It was a three-and-a-half mile sunset. After the run I quickly grabbed my camera and took this image. But the reason I love this photo is because I enjoyed it with my eyes first. And then I captured it with a lens. So many people get that order wrong. Enjoy things before you take a picture of them. Or tweet about them. Or whatever. Eat the food, experience the sunset, kiss the girl. Do those things first, and then if you have time, capture the moment.

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~ by Peyton Lea on February 17, 2012.

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