Carly and I have just returned from a short break to Bath and the surrounding area. We stayed at a fantastic Airbnb, the home of a very welcoming and creative family in a place called Box (highly recommended - if you want specifics, get in touch!).
The plan was simple - forget work, forget studying, forget electronic devices and relax. I wasn't even going to bring my camera, but Carly insisted I'd regret it!
The trip didn't go to plan though. It doesn’t matter where I go, especially on short breaks away, I always have the same problem – I just can’t settle. Can’t read. Can’t relax. Can’t sit still.
I get restless...
That said, I understand completely what the real problem is…
And I mean that in a very endearing way. I’m fascinated by people. I love watching them and being around them. How they talk. How they move. How they choose to live life.
How can I possibly sit and read a book when there are so many faces to read instead? My mind is always ticking and in a public place I just can’t switch it off. Carly calls it F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out).
I call it curiosity. Possibility.
I’m also drawn to human activity – a tiny relic of something that has just happened, or that is maybe about to happen.
A discarded cup. An abandoned building. A solitary shoe.
It’s an endless barrage of stimulation out there...
I don't do cheesy holiday snaps. They’re just not for me. In fact, there isn't a single image here of myself, or Carly. But in the few photos I took (all shared in this blog), I've got a vivid collection of what was a fantastic trip, with new experiences and shared with some wonderful people - not least my pregnant fiancée (who puts up admirably with my constant need to see what's around the next corner!).
As a final note…
A picture that tells you everything you need to know will always be mediocre as it lacks the opportunity for individual interpretation.
It has no soul.
That picture isn’t worth taking…
All images courtesy of Sonny Nathan