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Photo Descent into Travel Madness

Photo Descent into Travel Madness

One of my all-time favorite movies is that of The Shining. Apparently, it is the favorite of many other people as well. With it being based on a book by Stephen King, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson it was bound to become a timeless film classic. Of course, Jack Nicholson does a phenomenal job showcasing Jack Torrance’s decent into writer madness.  My favorite scene is where the kid repeatedly chants “redrum, redrum.” If you haven’t seen it, you must. How many times have you sat at your desk at work fantasizing about writing over and over again “all work and no play make mimi a dull girl.” You haven’t? Hmm.

 

Because I tend to work hard, I try to enjoy all the other little things in life. I travel a lot for work and on every trip I somehow manage to take a few moments to enjoy the place I find myself in. Even, Fargo North Dakota. The camera is my friend that I carry with me at all times. I nurture it as it nurtures me. At times, I take photos in places that remind me of a movie plot or character. I imagine myself in the scene for the moment. Oftentimes, I imagine I am Indiana Jones. It’s my version of a travel descent into madness. It’s not a crazy madness like Jack Torrance. It’s a madness of delight and envisioning what the past was like and how a future of wild adventures could collide with that past.

 

the hills of positano

the hills of positano

 

 

Down the hills of Athens

Down the hills of Athens

 

the windows of panama

the windows of panama

 

down into the arena

down into the arena

 

Staring up at the Florence Sky

Staring up at the Florence Sky

 

try climbing out

try climbing out

 

The spiral

The spiral

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  1. The Shining is a great film, one of the scariest as well ! I agree that the camera helps us to look at the world in different ways, to remove ourselves from apparent realities to find new realities. Some may call it madness, I would just call it becoming more aware. Great post & wonderful photos Mimi, thanks.

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  2. ‘Writer Madness’ should be a recognised condition, when inspiration hits you at god forsaken hours and you’ve got work the next day, true madness!
    And cameras are indeed the best travelling companions

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  3. I didn’t get to travel for my last job. After reading this post, I realized that was one of the things I didn’t like about it, as I was always chained to my desk. I had a near meltdown this week when upon hearing that the brown noser whose receipt of what I knew to be an undeserved award for customer service was more recently promoted to a position that will probably include travel opportunities. He will now report to the twit who had taken a lateral management move based on the bill of goods they’d sold him when they told him that move would not increase his travel. I suspect twit hired brown noser to take those trips for him. After soul searching for a few days, I remembered again how much better off I am being out of that environment. After reading about the enjoyment and experiences of trips with your son, opportunities that you seem to view as a perq of your job, I am also in a better position and frame of mind to remember the business trips I was able to enjoy through my career. I wish my kids had been born and/or were old enough to travel with me when I had those opportunities. Like I said – lucky mom, lucky kid. I’m sure you know that. I hope he will come to appreciate that when he’s older, too, but he sounds like the type of kid who will. Lucky mom, lucky kid.

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