Left to Right: Grandview Park (SF), Devil's Churn (Yachats, OR), Thor's Well (Yachats, OR)
Having recently returned from a road trip to Portland I have had a long time to reflect on the recent happenings in my life (Mostly while Lynn was asleep in the car and I was driving down I-5 for hundreds of miles). This road trip served as a catalyst to reinvigorate me from a tough season of drought in my life.
Let's back track for a moment. In the beginning of summer I had one mission, find an internship. Not just any internship however. An internship that would set up a job in the future. I was told by just about everyone, including myself, that this was the most important summer to have a big internship. Summer starts, over 40 internship applications have already been submitted and I haven't heard anything back yet. I begin my summer class and continue to apply to jobs. Weeks go by, a lose a month of time but I tell myself, the UC system just got out, they will be hiring now. Finally I catch a break. A phone interview. I landed the job! Oh, it's just a scam to get free labor from me... back to the drawing board. Lynn is working three jobs and I am just doing "nothing", That is a huge lie. I had the chance to disciple with Tim Reilly again, to rest, to be equipped, to spend time with God again. The end of summer was marching steadily towards me and I still don't have an internship. I don't think that was an accident. God gave me exactly what I needed, just like he always does. After a summer of worrying, praying, searching, and learning, I get the call. I landed an interview at the Career Center, I move into a new apartment, I have to prepare a presentation for my interview, I am leaving in a week on a road trip, everything is happening all at once. My heart feels a strange mix of excitement, calmness, and nervousness. I know that I am going to nail this interview. The 22nd of July comes and goes, I give my presentation and I know in my heart that I poured everything into the hour I had with them. The wait begins as we hit the road on one of the most impactful trips I have ever taken.
I could fill this blog with posts about the things we did there, and perhaps I will in the near future. But for now I will say this. I fell in love this trip. I fell in love with Oregon, I fell in love with Portland, I fell in love with Bend and Yachats. I fell in love with Opal Creek, with Multomah, with Thor's Well and Devil's Churn, I fell in love with nature. I fell in love with Lynn, all over again. I found a new city, a new state, a new lens with which to view my final year of college.
Now to the part about being a photographers assistant (it wasn't just click bait, I swear).
As we hiked our way through Oregon, I would carry the camera and all the equipment until we reached one of our well researched destinations. As Lynn walked around, surveying the land for the best shot, angle, and lighting, I unpacked. I set up the tripod and mounted the camera, balancing, measuring, calculating. She would take her place behind the camera and I would watch for the waves, for the right moment to capture behind her lens. Sometimes I would even be asked to model. This may sound dull to some but I loved working behind the scenes of some of the best shots we have ever taken. When you look at the photos we have taken you see something Lynn and I have crafted. We want you to look at the specific thing in the frame we created. We are saying "This box is worthy of public viewing" with every photo kept. But the story behind every single one of those shots goes so much deeper. The miles of hiking, the wind and spray of sea water in our faces, the reward of cookie butter sandwiches after lunch and a long climb. Finally the view of the entire photo site, not just the box we created for you to view. I was lucky enough to capture a few of these moments myself, enjoy.
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