At the start of the year I found myself in the wilds of New Zealand's south coast exploring around Fjordlands National Park, about halfway between Lake Te Anau and the world famous Milford Sound. After a late night trying to shoot star trails, a sleep in the car (not my first or last front seat bedding down) & a boat ride around the Sound, I was heading back towards Te Anau. Along the winding route I found a fast flowing wild river, white water rapids the whole way along. It wasn't flowing very deep but boy was it flowing fast.
I spent thirty minutes traversing the edge of the river, most of my travels quite precarious, to get some long exposure shots in midday light (thank goodness for ND filters). I posted about my not particularly safe river bank journey; climbing over fallen trees, dangling over flowing water, jumping from slippery rock to even more slippery rock and even climbing down the side of a waterfall to get the pics I wanted. Every photo needs a story I think, and the journey to get the photo was mine that day.
The story was good but I never liked the photos. I played with them for hours but they never sung to me. They say a picture tells a thousands words. To me these photos didn't come close to matching what I thought was a pretty cool story. Every time I went through the photos of my sejourns those ones left me a little cold. I didn't want them to stay that way. They just seemed like they could be better.
The other day I tried them again but this time black and white, darker and vignetted. I spent about 20minutes seeing what else they could become. Now they became a little more like what I wanted. They freshened the memory of swinging between to branches to get a better view up the river. They became more like what I imagined when I pulled the car up along the road that day. These ones became more the river I wanted to portray.
It's the same thing with life. Sometimes we have to do a little reinvention to become the person we want to be. We don't have to accept our situation exactly as it is all the time. It's ok to step up and try and reinvent yourself. We can make big changes or just a few tweaks. As long as your being truthful to yourself and not hurting anyone, change can be wonderful. You don't have to be unhappy with who you are.