This is the weekend that East Coast Surfing Championships happen in Virginia Beach. For the first time in a long time, I won’t be down at the water’s edge capturing still and video images of the participants, soaking up my yearly dose of Surfer Vibe.
But the end of August is also the Flare for End of Summer dead ahead. Labor Day weekend and then bam, summer’s over. Thanks for playing, collect your lovely parting gifts on the way out the door. But for those of us that call 757 home, this also marks the Return of Locals to the Oceanfront AKA Neptune Festival. In years past we could look forward to our local Blues Festival ‘Blues at the Beach’ (alas, sickness that wasn’t Covid wiped that out years ago though), also held as soon as the tourists got back to their business of Living and Working and all of those Things.
This is the time of year that we look forward to being outdoors.
But this is 2020. And nothing Is as it Was.
It was with this frame of mind that I reached for my Fuji XT-3 and 16mm 1.4 lens, flipped the setting to Acros film simulation with Red Filter and headed out in search of….
Acros is a legendary black and white film, when shot through a red filter it renders the world in a somewhat etherial yet harsh manner. Contrast is lowered, highlights become brighter, blue skies become black.
Things are not as they appear.
It looks like Here but it isn’t Here.
We yearn for the What Once and Always Was.
Instead we have the What Is with no roadmap for How Long.
It’s ok to be sad. It’s ok to be disoriented. It’s ok to be mad.
It’s ok to not be ok.
Because the We of Us is always stronger than the They of Them. We’ll be sad, we’ll be disoriented, we’ll be mad.
But most of all, we’ll be ok.
Watch out, reach out, speak out.
Stay safe in the way that you are most comfortable. The place wouldn’t be the same without you.