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Key West Contemplative Photography

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Key West Contemplative Photography

During a recent trip to Key West, I spent a few early morning and early evening hours walking the streets and photographing. Even though, my husband and I had many things we planned and did, I practiced being more in the moment with my photography walks. Rather than having a destination, or a goal, I set out walking rather aimlessly and looking around the streets near the lovely inn where I stayed. I photographed whatever moved me in the moment. Key West is a visual feast, from colorful people, amazing Victorian houses and front porches, roosters roaming the streets, tropical foliage, iconic locations full of history, to glorious sunsets and lively moments at Mallory Square. I have set up a separate gallery for some of these images on my website.

I was mesmerized by the welcoming front porches of Key West and thoroughly enjoyed taking in every visual detail, and every composition that presented itself. Then, walking through a busy intersection, a decrepit building housing a floral shop caught my eye. It spoke volumes about life and work in Key West and seemed very magical to me. After viewing so many lovely and inviting front porches, I unconsciously began to develop the goal of finding more and "better" inviting front porches. This decrepit floral shop woke me up out of my trance and pulled me into the moment. "Look. See what is right in front of you. Right here!"

I also started playing around with intentional camera motion on busy, touristy Duval St. at night. More about these moments and images in the next blog.