I picked a great time to move to Oregon. I am outside, in the sun, in the rivers and lakes, taking it all in. There are so many mountains and hikes, more volcanoes than I've ever been around, waterfalls and great rivers. It's also much warmer than I'm used to, which makes for drowsy afternoons and sleeveless after sundown.
I've been much more active in taking photos lately as I deal with the transition and change that come with moving to a new state. There is a lot of territory to explore as I make this state more familiar, like when I photograph the green hills of the Oregon summer that I am used to seeing brown in California. I'm taking a lot of pictures of Brandon as we adjust to moving from a long-distance relationship to being only 20 minutes away. Slowly, bits and pieces are coming together to feel like home.
I didn't take a lot of film images while in Japan. I traveled lightly, taking buses, trains, and walking everywhere. I gave in to the ease of a small camera phone rather than a bulky film camera. For most of the adventure I was really present and into the experience, taking everything in and forgetting the camera. I spent a lot of time writing and reflecting at the end of the day.
As a photographer I tend to shift more towards capturing the familiar. I find it hard to focus on the details of very new things or to frame an experience without reflection. I frequent the same places (and people) that I want to photograph, going into thorough detail to map out that experience. Travel photography takes practice and it is something I would like to work on.