Standing Alone

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Social distancing.

That’s the word of the day, no?  Sure seems to be, and boy does it feel weird.

When I took this photo, I was in the midst of it…and still am.  There isn’t much to do, much to see, and really not much we can do about it.  Hopefully this will all be a bad memory soon, but it really has led to some weird thoughts.  Just the other day, I found my wife playing an old computer game from 2004. Why?  Well, why not. We have run out of puzzles, board games, and basically everything else.  It’s also the great TP crisis of 2020.

Still though, I needed to figure out a way to be creative, get my mind going.  I have been writing a lot lately, and trying to keep up with this blog. So I thought, why not take some photos of the very place I am isolated? Right then I happened to notice my one and only vase, isolated as well.

As fate would have it, the lighting was perfect, the timing was perfect, and everything just kind of lined up. It was a weird metaphor too.  The vase was all alone, cracked,  and a little dusty. To be honest, it’s not much different than myself. I’m tired, irritated, and just generally morose at times — but that’s okay.

This will pass, we’ll see the sun again, and we will be stronger for it.

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The Good Old Days

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Well… I guess we’re going to have to get used to this whole solitude thing, aren’t we?

Who knew when we kicked off 2020 that we would be spending the Spring inside, quarantined with our family…waiting. But here we are! Some people are reading, some people are writing, and some people are playing video games. As for myself?  I am looking at old photos from my vacation!

It’s funny right now to look at this photo taken in the Caribbean.  The port city is bustling, it’s a beautiful day and the tourists are getting ready to disembark and spend some relaxing hours on the beach.  Restaurants were full, beaches packed, and taxis bustling.  It was a good time, and I miss it

I know I am being really sentimental about normal life, but this feels different. Sure we’ll get back to our daily lives, the long commutes tough jobs will return, but it truly won’t ever be the same. We now know something that can stop us in our tracks, derail the entire world. It’s scary, but it’s something we’ll have to live with.  There will forever be a before, and after COVID-19.

So take this time to reflect, relax, and wait. Things will get back to normal, and that will be a great time. But also realize that we are more similar than we are different. Weirdly, this disease united the world, and made me realize that we really are in this together.

Text a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, write someone a letter, or maybe just send them a message. No matter how advanced we become, Mother Nature will always win…I guess.

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Silent Bells

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Well, now that we’re all quarantined, may as well clean the house…right?  So that’s kinda what I did.  I decided to go back to my very first photos I ever took and see what I came across.

Surprisingly, they aren’t that bad!  This one, for example, was taken while I was still in college, and still learning photography.  Oddly enough, my style never really changed, and I still see this type of photo pop up in what I do today — I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised.

If you’re wondering, this was taken at an abandoned park near Cleveland, mostly because it was the middle of winter, and it was around 2 degrees.

Find anything fun in your house while you’re cleaning?  I guess we really have nothing else to do…

Stay safe!

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A Taste Of My New Podcast!!

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It’s finally here!

For a while now, me and my good friend Matt have been working really hard on our…kinda… new podcast.

We’re in season 3 already, can you believe it?? So join us on the journey, and let us know what you think!

You can listen to a preview of season 3 here!

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More To Come…

Hello everyone!

This year, for the first time in…well…ever, I made a New Year’s Resolution.

For a while now, I have been fighting with myself on giving up on my creative endeavors.  I happened to fall into a little bit of a hole, and I didn’t seem to be able to get out of it.  Long story short, I was uninspired – and that upset me.

However, I have come to realize that I am who I am, and part of Paul is the art.  Because of this, I have made the resolution to dive head first back into everything I do creatively.

I know it’s March, and resolutions are supposed to start in January…whoops, don’t judge me.  This just means that you’ll soon see a LOT more of me and my work.  Sometimes it will be my photos, sometimes it will be blogs and writings, and sometimes it’ll even be some digital art.

I am back, and man does it feel good.  It’s who I am.

~PL

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A Little Slice Of Utah

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Still one of my favorite places, and still a place I almost didn’t make it to.

I was terribly sick, and just wanted to take a nap.  However, I sucked it up, and drove into the quiet park nested next to the Great Salt Lake.

It was quiet, peaceful, and just what I needed.

It will forever be one of my favorite places.

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Last Man Standing

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I really do love the nature we have around here in Ohio.  Truthfully, it sure does make my life a lot easier when it comes to capturing a unique photo like this one.

I realize I have a style, and to some this may look similar to works I have produced in the past, but to me each one says something just a little different.  For instance not pictured in this photo is the entire field behind and around this plant.  It was flat, dead, swampy, and generally unappealing.  However, right in front of me was the last standing flora in the field.  Winters are tough around here, really tough, but even that won’t break the stride of everything.

We can have a lot of ups and downs, especially now.  However if you stand tall enough, and just be patient, you’ll be just fine.

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Lost Cabin In The Winter Woods

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Ohio has tons of beauty, you just have to go looking for it in the winter woods.

We’re very thankful here in Ohio to have one of the greatest National Parks right in our backyards, and we sure do love to take advantage of it. With just a little hike, you can stumble upon some great scenery, and peaceful tranquility.  It’s great for the mind and body, and something I will always cherish about home.

The best part is that it’s never static.  With the dramatic seasons in Ohio, that means you also get dramatic shifts in the land, trees, shrubs, and everything else nature has to offer.  Sometimes the sky can be dreary, leaving a sense of mystery over the woods.  Sometimes it can be as hot as the desert, and warm you to your core.  Every time you enter the parks in Ohio, it’s a different story.

I almost moved from Ohio once, and I think about that a lot, and what I would miss.  Sure, it’s not sunny and beautiful California.  It’s Ohio – and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Sunrise on 2020

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January is an odd time.  It signals new beginnings while also ending eras, decades, and periods.  It’s a time of being excited about what is to come, but also can be saddening to think of all the things that have passed.  Ironically, photographs are all things of the past, since you really have no clue what is coming next, not even the next hour.  It can be a time of anxiety, but thankfully not for long.

All long nights end, sunsets always come again, and the fun part is that you really have no clue what to expect – no matter what you may think.

When this photo above was taken somewhere in South Carolina, I had no idea I was even going to go out and see the sunrise that morning.  It was only a sudden decision after waking up in the middle of the night for some water.  Maybe this is what 2020 will be like.  Surprises, but good surprises.  Only time will tell.

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Symmetry Above All

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Over the years of working on this website and updating my galleries, it has quickly become apparent to me that I love symmetry.

It can be found anywhere.  In nature, architecture, or even on a pier above a swamp.  Why I have been so fascinated with it makes no sense to me other that the possibility that I love order so much.

Maybe this says something about me, maybe it doesn’t.  Either way, you can’t deny the total relaxation symmetry gives you.

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