Visiting Home: Omaha

Instagram understandably gets a pretty bad rap for poor file quality, but to me there is an intriguing side.  It’s simple system of organizing chronologically makes it a perfect time capsule for ongoing visual reportage.  And if that weren’t enough, it’s inherent idealized aesthetic makes collecting “perfect little specimens” of an experience effortless. This is especially interesting to me when I return to Omaha, because I always want to capture “home” perfectly, but in the end I know that is an impossible goal. Over time Instagrams start to become memories that precede the actual events they represent. I enjoy playing in this space creatively and visually. I think Instagrams are best viewed on the tiny screen of a smart phone device, which can be held ever so tenderly in the palm of your hand like a butterfly. Here are a few snaps from my recent visit home.

Catch Me if You Can

I have finally taken the first few steps toward a goal I’ve secretly held for most of my adult life, but I’ve never had the nerve to truly commit myself to accomplishing.  Thanks to some friends encouraging me and two people in particular leading the way, I have now joined a beginning running group.  We are starting off slowly and working our way up to running a 5k in September.  As a group we run two times a week and we have a schedule of activities to do on our own as well.  My favorite running spot in Buffalo is Hoyt Lake at Delaware park. Here are some Insties I took on my cool down walk after a recent run.

Sydney in the Universe

FullSizeRenderOn my last evening in Sydney I decided to go for a walk after a long and productive day at work. By the time I started out, the sun had just started to set, but the light was still suitable for “Magic Hour” shooting.  I wandered around Darling Harbor and quickly took a few snaps before the light changed and night time began to slowly fall all around.

I decided to head in the direction of the Sydney Opera House next.  This is a walk I’ve taken many times during daylight hours, and even in early evening once during a visit in 2013 when I met colleagues for drinks at Opera Bar.  But something was different this time.

It was about a 40 minute walk to the opera house from my hotel and by the time I approached Circular Quay it was dark.  The walkway by the water leading to the opera house was illuminated by globed street lamps and light pouring from the many restaurants and bars along the way.  When I finally arrived, I was fully in awe.  I really felt like I was at the center of the universe in that moment.  Like so many of the evenings during my time in Australia, I was totally alone, and yet in those few moments, I felt like I was connected to everything.  I took a number of shots before heading back and I’ve compiled a medley of some of the images below to remind me.

Roommate

After my weekend in the Brisbane CBD, I made my way to the Redlands area right outside Brisbane for a very busy work week. It was a quiet area and I was too busy to get out much for sightseeing. It was a great week, with an amazing group of people.  A memorable moment from my visit was when I noticed this tiny gecko clinging to the curtain in my hotel room.

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