End of 2020

by James V December. 28, 2020 145 views
Untitled

Untitled

Lost in the Current

Lost in the Current

The Room

The Room

The Piano

The Piano

The year of 2020 is coming to a close. The COVID experience and associated quarantine has been challenging for most of us, perhaps all of us. I was fortunate enough to have relied on my hobbies of music and photography to help get through most of the year. Yet there are many people that are struggling financially, mentally and physically as a result of this pandemic. I wish them well and hope all of our circumstances improve. Truth be told, when this began, I thought quarantine and temporary restrictions would last 3 months. After almost 10 months, it looks like the coming winter will be another existential experience that allows us to explore our hobby and lives in different ways...as we worry about the health and well-being of family members, friends and next of kin. Unfortunately, it seems like bad news meets us at every turn during these times. Can we make lemonade from these lemons? Can we use anything we have learned these last few months to help us in our future pursuits? I am sure we can. Procrastination should be made a thing of the past...our future isn't guaranteed. Indecision, inaction or the inability to manage time can be dangerous if not remedied. We must try to take control of situations during stressful times to better ourselves, our family and our neighbors as we fulfill our obligations required of a collective society. It isn't just the physical dangers of COVID we should be worried about (and these are very real), but also the effects of longer term isolation and constant worry that take a mental tole.

The pictures above aren't curated because of specific intent. They were taken in a quick jaunt to satisfy the urge to take some photos before the year's end. But when I look at them I recognize several distinguishing features or characteristics that describe my last 10 months. Compositionally, each is done very differently. This was an intentional choice while taking them and then selecting them for this post... the variation, for whatever reason, was important to me for this last post of the year. As far as content: the top and bottom photo describe the place I have spent most of my waking hours these last 260 days. They portray things that have keep me focused, while reminding me that such worldly things can be fickle, temporary and easily lost. The detached and stationary rail cars sitting amidst the empty rails reflect my quarantine, though I do not feel quite put on display as these cars appear to be. The lost ball that refuses to drown symbolizes our COVID fight and will...and to use another analogy...like swimming against the current.

But enough of this overly dramatic and soppy reflection that sounds like self-pity. It is the singular thought that we are all forced to share this fight which makes it feel a bearable struggle. Comparing atrocities is a poor tool to solve a crisis but a common one to manage them. It allows us to put our plight in perspective, while reminding us of the destruction it can wreak without everyone's attention and caution. We must take measures to protect ourselves and those around us. This pandemic exposes the most vulnerable while imbuing those less affected with a sense of false bravado and immunity. But I have digressed...before I become too self-absorbed, preachy or political, here's hoping for a better year in 2021 and perhaps, if we are lucky, a nice finishing snapshot or two before the New Year...

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