Views of Utah
Time does seem to fly by rather quickly at time. Looking at the calendar I see that it has been nearly 10 days since I returned from my Utah trip. Since my return I’ve not touched my cameras, save to take out the CF cards and copy a few remaining images onto the computer.
Today I had lunch with Earl Moore of Meandering Passage. I was curious about his recent trip to Alaska. He had many interesting stories to tell and, as usual, we spent a good 2 hours together talking and, in general, enjoying each other’s company.
About an hour or so into the conversation I got this idea for a post and asked Earl about his experience with it. It’s something that happens to me a lot and I just wondered if Earl was affected by it. It call it “settling”. I asked:
Earl, how was your transition from Alaska back to Salisbury?
What I meant by that was how long did it take to get back to normal after having his visual senses overloaded by all of the beauty of his Alaska trip? He said that, although he returned a while ago, today was the first day that he had touched his camera. He indicated that while he was happy to be back home, it has taken him a while to be able to ‘see’ Salisbury again.
Saturated or desensitized?
I experience the same phenomenon. It generally takes me about 10 days to settle and get used to my surroundings again. I don’t know if it is that it takes me that long to desaturate, going from photographing a couple of times per week to doing it every day, twice a day. Or, does it take that long for my mind to readjust to the subject matter? Here, green, green, green, lots of trees, streams, etc. Utah, browns and reds punctuated by the occasional bit of water, surrounded by mountains, cactus, desert sage, and all manner of lizards and desert wildlife.
Views of North Carolina
I tend to think that it is the newness of the place and a bit of sensory overload. It’s so easy to notice things when you go to a new place. Someone who has lived there for a time would probably never notice these things. It’s similar to a constant sound or touch, after a while, your mind simply tunes it out and to hear it or feel it again, you have to pay close attention to it, change the volume, or move the touch point around. I think that going to a different location allows you to hear the music or feel the sound, but when you return home, your senses are dulled and you have to ‘settle’ a bit before you can reestablish that connection.
What do you think? Does this happen to you?