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photography is [a dream]

So now you know that the photography in my heart is not exactly mainstream. Well, the dream I have for life is not very mainstream either. I don’t long for the all-inclusive resort vacation where some stranger waits on you hand and foot and you are kept protected from the local “savages.” No, I really don’t.

I do long for the sailing life as we had it but with kids added. My husband sent me this video the other day and I am so in love with it. It really hits home for me. We did this same thing in our own particular style and there is something significant about it that I can’t put my finger on.

When we tell people we’ve sailed across the Pacific they either say, “Oh, that’s nice” because they probably just can’t fathom what that means or what that would entail. Or they say, “You did what? Holy shit!” and that’s what we keep thinking to ourselves. But, when we look back on it and when we talk about it, there’s a deep sense of pride and longing for that life again.

It’s harder now to think about throwing off the bowlines now that we have two young kids, their grandparents who will miss them, a safe and stable home life and a steady income. But I have always tried to live by this quote for as long as I can remember:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

When I think back over the past twenty years, back to 1989 when I was just starting in photography, I am somewhat disappointed that I didn’t work at my craft more steadily and more earnestly, but I do not regret having done all the travel, mountaineering, sailing, exploring, dreaming and discovering that I have done.

Next to photography, sailing is the most significant passion in my life and this video shows why:

It’s so true and awesome and insane and we experienced most of this. I love the tone. I love the humor because if you can’t laugh at how insane it is to do this, then you should never attempt to do this.: sailing the open ocean. It’s not mainstream. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s quirky. It’s beautiful. It’s kinda like the photography I like.

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