New Photos, June 2020 (and Why I Didn’t Shoot Much This Month)

So, Where'd You Shoot This Month?

I’m afraid that I didn’t do a lot of shooting in June.  As a result, I only have four new images to show you this month.

Only Four Images? What the Heck Were You Doing All Month?

Truth be told, I spent most of the month doing nothing.

Yes, that's me.

I’ve been battling depression, on and off, for quite a while.  I don’t know if I can give you an exact date as to when it started, but I think it’s definitely at least fifteen to twenty years.  

Normally, the depression just sits in the background and doesn’t really interfere with my life too much.  

But there are times, when it overwhelms.  When it strikes, I can find myself being anywhere from mildly sad to nearly incapacitated.  In its more severe stages, I not only have no desire to do anything, but I also completely lose every creative ability I ever had.

This month has been a pretty bad month for me.  Even at my worst, my depression never really interfered with my work (my day job) — until this past month.  This past month I had to take time off of work because I just simply could not think straight.  It was that bad.  Needless to say, I wasn’t up to do any photography either.  I let my 16-week streak of submitting photos to 52 Frames lapse.  I didn’t shoot anything at all.

Fortunately, I started coming out of it towards the end of the month.  I’m doing somewhat better now (if I wasn’t,  you wouldn’t be seeing this blog post) and hope to get back on track with my life.

Understood. So Let's See the Four Shots!

Well, I did two shoots in the month of June.

The first was at Broad Channel in Queens, New York.  I did a sunset shoot there in late May and decided to go  back there in early June.  

I only have one shot from that day that I processed and finished before shutting down for the next few weeks.  I may end up going back and reviewing that day’s shoot to see if there is something more.

In any event, here’s the shot:

I had originally gone to shoot the sun setting over the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines, but, in the end, it was this shot, taken well after sunset, that I ended up liking the most.  I love sunset shots with vibrant, rich colors and this shot provided that.  I also liked having the subject, this small grouping of trees, being backlit by the setting sun.

The other place I went was in Prospect Park, in Brooklyn.  
Prospect Park is the biggest park in Brooklyn and there are no shortage of subjects to point your camera at.  You can take photographs of nature, of architecture, of people enjoying a lazy late afternoon or evening in the park or dozens of other possible subjects.  

Last Sunday, I chose to go shoot the sunset there.  I saw on my Skyfire that it looked like the sunset was going to be a good one, and it did not disappoint.

I’m still going through my photos of the shoot, so there may be more photos coming up in the future, but for now, here are the three shots that I have processed and finished:

All three of these were shot over a span of less than half an hour.  It helps to show how quickly the light changes and that, if you’re a photographer and you want to catch the light, you sometimes have to work very quickly, because the light changes so rapidly.

I Have One Quick Favor to Ask, If I May...

If you’ve read this far, I was hoping I could ask for a quick favor. 

I’ve never come out in public about my depression before.  Yes, my physician knows about it, as do some members of my family, but most people are (I think) completely unaware of it. 

If you can, once you’re doing reading this post, can you please put a message in a comment — whether it be in the blog’s comments or the Facebook comments page?  It doesn’t have to be anything at all – it could even just be the word “read.”  I just want to have an idea of how many people actually read this post.  

Thank you very much.

Until the next blog post…


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