A Moment on a Bridge

by Tim Rogers April. 06, 2016 2414 views

Anyone who takes a lot of photos will tell you it can often require a lot of waiting. The waiting is more often than not worth it. There's just a lot of it of you try to get something special.

My problem with the waiting is my mind has a tendency to wander. It wanders into a place I call Hypothetical-land. It's a space where my over active brain goes off on a tangent and comes up with “what if” scenarios. It then dumps me in them. What would I do if aliens attacked? Where will you live when you go back to Australia? Who'd win a fight between a dog and a monkey? Reality tv…why?

Some of the hypotheticals aren't light and breezy like those. Sometimes my mind takes me somewhere confronting & I've no idea why or if it's healthy or not. That's what happened the other night.

As I waited for the right light at the mosque at PutraJaya this one jumped in my head. “How do people outrun their demons” WOW. Where did that come from? I probably should add that this one was from the heart of Hypothetical-Land. This was just the thought that jumped into the empty space while I waited for the right conditions. I played through a bunch of scenarios in my head.I didn't really have an answer. I was grateful that it wasn't a problem I was going through at the time. It has been in the past, sometimes in quite a debilitating way. I have so much love and support for those that are fighting those demons. I know what it can be like.

The photo set was pretty uninspiring. I had two places to shoot from on opposite sides of the lake and I'd picked the wrong one. I packed up and headed over the Seri Wawasan Bridge back to the train. It was dark and the suspension cables on the bridge were bathed in an ever changing light show. The bridge has one massive support on end and the massive white cables join into the base of the bridge. It's an architectural marvel, original, beautiful and with the lights it just smacks your gob…hard.

I stopped and shot some photos into the support in cables. The lights changed every 30 sec or so and it was incredible. I was in my happy place as the lights glowed and amazed. As I shot, I drifted back into Hypothetical-Land. I had an answer now. How do you outrun your demons?

This isn't the answer in every scenario but in many cases maybe you DON'T. You don't try to outrun the demons, you turn around and chase them away by doing the things you love, loving people unconditionally, being grateful for little things, showing empathy to others and living the life you always wanted.

I can't speak for anyone else but in my case. The Demon's hate that.

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Lukesmom 5 years, 3 months ago

Awesome post!! Love your narrative as much as your photos, especially that first one. Thanks for the words of wisdom and my mind goes to some crazy places, too....

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 3 months ago

Love the cleanliness of the lines. Can't see any demons here. :-))

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 3 months ago

Quite a statement post.

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