My favourite Filipina and my new favourite waterfall in Sri Lanka! 🇱🇰 #whatheck 🔥 😊 - 👌🏼 #aventually #VisitSriLanka #Selfie #SLBloggers #nature #sky #sun #summer #beach #beautiful #pretty #flowers #night #tree #twilight #clouds #beauty #light #cloudporn #photooftheday #iphonesia #mothernature #srillanka #srilankan #ceylon #feelsrilanka #exploresrilanka . . . Reposted from @jordentually
📍Cairo, Egypt • • • • • • #TheEgyptGuide #Repost @jordentually • • • • • • Who is happier? 🐪 😂 This camel has clearly practiced taking selfies! 💯 🇪🇬 Egypt has been truly mind blowing 🤯 but also crazy hot ☀️ this might go down as one of my favourite #whatheck selfies so far! 🧡 what do you think? 😊😊 😊 #traveltalktours #egypt #traveltalk #TheEgyptGuide #Egypte #Egypt #Explorer #Travel #Travelegypt #Amazingegypt #visitegypt #world #egyptian #madeinegypt #temple #History #Trip #pyramids #Architecte #Graphique #Sky #Followmetoegypt #abusimbel #myegypt
📍Luxor, Egypt • • • • • #Repost @jordentually • • • • • • 🎈Hot air ballooning in Egypt! 🇪🇬 😱 This was my first time in a hot air balloon and it didn’t disappoint. Was so amazing to watch the sunrise over the river Nile a few days ago 🧡 🔥 Have you been in a hot air balloon? ☀️ I can’t really explain the feeling, I know it’s rising due to the hot flame but kinda feels like magic haha! Just another #whatheck selfie to add to my collection 😊😁 #egypt #TheEgyptGuide #Repost #Egypte #Egypt #Explorer #Travel #Travelegypt #Amazingegypt #visitegypt #world #egyptian #madeinegypt #temple #History #Trip #Architecture #Architecte #Graphique #Sky #Followmetoegypt #abusimbel #myegypt #Luxor #oldegypt #Hotballoons #Luxorhotballoons #myEgypt
I have so many fun memories celebrating the 4th of July. When I was a kid, I used to go to the Charles River in Boston every year with my extended family to watch the Pops show and fireworks. I remember always being so excited, everyone was in good spirits and the fireworks were always spectacular. As a teenager, those celebrations transitioned over to Nantucket. Most young adults who spent the 4th on the island between 2010-2016 are probably familiar with the massive beach parties that took place at Nobadeer and 40th pole. Lots of epic and embarrassing memories. This year, of course, things will be very different. Beach parties are turning into socially distanced cookouts with shortened guest lists. Most fireworks shows are being done without gathered crowds, or are canceled altogether. I’ll admit that I am a bit disappointed that I won’t be able to mark the holiday this year as I usually do. I wouldn’t have guessed that we’d be dealing with a resurgence of the pandemic right in the peak of summer. But oh well. Wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend! I’ll be offline to take a quick break and relax starting tomorrow. But I’ll be back with fresh posts on Monday!
How is it already July. This year has felt like it’s both speeding by but also moving in slow motion at the same time. Now that we’ve officially made it though half of 2020, the optimist in me is looking forward to the remainder of this year. Well, cautiously optimistic. After the chaos of the last six months, things can only begin to look up, right? Haha that’s probably naive to say. I’ve always been a bigger fan of the latter half of the year. January - June always seem like a slow slog to me. There aren’t many holidays to celebrate, and the cold weather usually forces you indoors more often than not. Compare that to the second half of the year, which starts off with 4th of July celebrations here in the US. Most of us usually take a summer holiday soon after, and we conclude our summer celebrations with another holiday weekend in September, celebrating Labor Day. And of course, after summertime, we don’t have long to wait until the trifecta of consecutive holiday months in October, November and December. I personally am so happy we’ve gotten this first part of the year over with. Now hopefully we can start to have some fun again. Which half of the year do you prefer?
I often find myself looking at a photo that I’ve taken, and struggling to remember the actual experience behind the photo. I’ll even have to double check that I actually took the photo sometimes, because I don’t really remember taking it. If I had any criticism about photography, this would probably be it. It’s hard to find a balance between capturing the moment and actually living it. Every time I see a sunset worth capturing, I go into creative mode. I try to set the scene, look for unique angles, and set up my gear, all while rushing against the clock as the sun is setting over the horizon. It’s like an adrenaline rush. Meanwhile, there are plenty of people around me who are just taking in the beauty for what it is. Sitting on the beach or the docks admiring the sunset or on top of a mountain gawking at the view. In some way, I think photography can rob you a little of that experience. Even if I leave my gear at home, I’ll whip my phone out in a heartbeat whenever I see something cool to shoot. While this may be great for the portfolio, it kinda takes away from the first hand experience. I told myself at the beginning of the year I’d do my best to live more in the moment, and try to train myself to put the cameras and gadgets down from time to time. Does anyone else find this to be an issue?
Over the past 3 months I have gained lots of respect for introverts because I don’t know how they voluntarily decide to isolate themselves 🤣 ⠀ That is slightly a joke, but I miss hanging out with other humans and I can’t wait for the day (or year 😅 ) it becomes normal again! ⠀ Have you enjoyed the lifestyle change or are you ready for things to get back to normal? ⠀ #whatheck #selfie #travel
it’s national 📸 day ▪️ ▫️ Shot on @canonusa 6D mk1 w/ 17-40mm f/4l USM lens + @haidafilterusa 0.9 soft grad and @manfrottoimaginemore tripod ▫️ ▪️ ISO/100 f/22 .3seconds ▪️ ▫️ #hawaii #worldphotographyday #sunset #hnnsunrise #bigislandhawaii #sunset_vision #longexposure #longexposure_shots #whatheck #ourplanetdaily #longexpoelite #mint_shotz #main_vision #master_shots #moodygrams #ig_color #shotzdelight #got_greatshots #canonusa #canon80D #canon6D #canonofficial #teamcanon #canonfanphoto #awesome_photographers #usaprimeshot #hawaiistagram #ig_world_colors #seascape #georgephotography
It’s crazy to think that 10 years ago, I was sitting in a high school classroom as a sophomore. Even though I was 15, I still had to ask permission for basic activities such as using the bathroom. I’d consider myself to be a pretty typical teenager. Not perfect by any means. I clashed with my parents at times, went to too many parties, and probably said and did some things that would be considered outlandish and foolish. The great part about life, though, is that we’re able to progress and grow up. Most of us mature with age. Through different life experiences, we gain a certain amount of wisdom and discretion. Now, at 25, I still have quite a ways to go. I still do questionable things at times, and I have a lot more maturing left to do. But I’m definitely in a different space now than I was 10 years ago. Which is why I find it so troubling that society is fostering a cancel culture that seems to have no statute of limitations. A tweet you made years ago can resurface and threaten your livelihood and reputation. I’m sure some people would try to reactivate old Myspace accounts if they could to look for old incriminating content. We’re all humans. We all make mistakes. And we also all have different perspectives. I’m reminded of that passage that states “he who is without sin cast the first stone.” I don’t think any of us are without sin, so maybe we should think about that before rushing to “cancel” people.
I think one of the most detrimental statements you can make is to look at someone who’s achieved success, and write them off as simply being “lucky” for what they have. I’ve been guilty of this more often then I’d like to admit. I’d look at prolific photographers and writers, both fields that I had an interest in, and I’d downplay their accomplishments and compare it to hitting a winning Powerball ticket. I did this to rationalize why I wasn’t pursuing my interests. I always thought to myself, there’s no money in these fields. It’s not possible to make a comfortable living as a writer or a photographer. I never wanted to be that cliche “starving artist” barely making enough money to scrape together rent money for a shared apartment. I’d admire those who were able to make it for themselves, but just as the lucky few, they certainly weren’t the norm. I certainly didn’t have a chance, so why bother. However, what you don’t see is the countless months and years of strenuous work that comes before that initial bout of “luck”. Sometimes it takes shooting upwards of 10,000 shots to finally book your first client or sell your first print. Or maybe you have to write 10+ novels before a publisher even agrees to have a meeting with you. And it’s usually after that first breakthrough when things start to rapidly snowball into bigger accomplishments. Overnight successes are rare, if they exist at all. This concept is a large reason why I decided to take photography and writing more seriously recently. Maybe it’s not impossible after all. Maybe it just requires some hard work and persistence.
Wouldn’t it be so interesting to take a year and just sail around the world? That’s an adventure I’ve wanted to embark on for many years now. I’d love nothing more than to drop everything, hop on a modest sized boat, and just cruise or sail aimlessly. I’m always much more relaxed when I’m on the water. I don’t get sea sick, and actually find the slow rocking of the waves to be soothing and it often puts me to sleep. Even in choppier conditions, I’m always calm and am usually more excited with adrenaline than nervous. It’s just so freeing to be out on the open water. It’s a welcome suspension of reality, especially after a year like the one we’ve had so far. If I had things my way, I’d love to purchase a yacht and just sail to my hearts content. If it weren’t so economically distant and environmentally harmful, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I’d imagine leisurely sailing from port to port, stopping at as many coastal islands and towns as I could. From a photographers perspective, that would be the ultimate experience for me. But, that’s enough dreaming for now. Back to reality and the mountain of emails I have to respond to. Have you ever been on a prolonged trip at sea? I’d love to hear your experience if so!
I’ve seen a really interesting trend over the last few months. Obviously, most of us have been working from home over the last few months. People who have spent decades commuting back and forth to the office are now thrust into Zoom calls and kitchen tabletop work. There’s been growing support for this type of work style to remain, even after the health crisis has ended. Now, as someone who has worked from home for nearly a year, I’m very conflicted with this. My primary motivator was always to have location independence, not necessarily to escape the office. If I wanted to take a trip home to visit family, or see friends, or maybe take a spontaneous vacation, I wanted to have the flexibility to do so. And if I had to pack up my laptop and take work with me, that was fine. With that being said, I’m not sure working from home can replace an office experience. Humans are social beings by default. Even for most introverts, we enjoy being in society. From water cooler gossip to spontaneous coworker collaboration, there are things that just don’t work when you’re isolated to your home. This is also true with the college transition to online classes. I’m a huge advocate for the campus experience. You can’t beat the social interactions with friends, the clubs, office hours with your professor. There are many things that technology simply can’t replicate. Of course, there are pros and cons to everything. But I do hope that we come out of this experience with a renewed appreciation for human, person to person interaction, and not a fear of it. What are your thoughts regarding online work?
As I’m sure you’re well aware, Nantucket is definitely my favorite place to spend time. After living here full time for a decade, and 13 summers worth of adventures, this place will always feel like home to me. I still remember the very first time I set foot on the island. I was 13, and my father had just gotten a promotion with his work that relocated our family here. Ironically enough, I didn’t want to move here at all. I was furious that I had to give up my friends and my life that I’d made for myself back in Stoughton, MA, where I was born. Especially as I was approaching my high school years, which is always a difficult time to transition. But, I remember that first ferry ride to the island. It was a perfect summer day, not a cloud in the sky. I saw all of the boats, yachts, and beach goers everywhere. I instantly forgot about my displeasure with the move and was immediately caught under the islands spell. Now, 12 years worth of memories and countless lifelong friendships later, and I still think back to that initial impression. Nantucket is still my favorite place to unwind and relax. I make it a point to come back every summer. But there’s something about visiting a place for the first time that makes for such a unique experience. Now, I know the island like the back of my hand. I could drive around blindfolded (figuratively, of course ) and know all of the shortcuts to avoid pesky summer traffic. But try as I might, I still can’t quite seem to capture that same euphoric feeling I experienced during that initial ferry ride 12 years ago. Is there any place that you wish you could revisit again “for the first time”?
Saturday marked the official start of the summer, something that actually caught me by surprise a bit. This year has been like something out of the Twilight Zone. On one hand, it seems like the past six months have been a marathon slog with no end in sight. The days and weeks have been stretched, and time seems to be at some virtual standstill. On the other hand, it equally feels like this year is just speeding by. I feel like I was just grappling with the fact that May ended, and now we’re less than two weeks away from the 4th of July. At any rate, I’m honestly looking forward to this summer. Despite the unusual circumstances, I always feel at my best, both creatively and personally, in the summer months. The weather is nice, the days are longer, and people just generally seem to be in more positive spirits. I have a few mini trips planned starting in July, and I’m more than ready to get back out on the road. I’ll be taking all of the necessary safety precautions of course, and making adjustments when necessary. But I think it’s time to slowly start waking up from hibernation now. Are you a summer person, or do you prefer the winter months?
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There’s so much up in the air these days. Every time I go to open up my planner, I’m reminded of the uncertainty of the situation that we are currently in. Summer has always been my favorite time of year. Well, specifically, it’s been the preferred time for recreation and leisure. I attribute this to living on Nantucket, where summers are always the highlight and what most of us always looked forward to. From Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July, August vacations, and ending with Labor Day weekend in September, the summer months are always jam packed with excitement. Not to mention a string of my close friends birthdays fall in the summer months, including my best friend’s in June. However, as this pandemic still continues to peak here in the US, this summer is under an enormous question mark. Already, big name events have been cancelled, most notably the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. I’m someone who is constantly anticipating the next adventure. Normally, when I return from a trip or a visit with friends, I immediately book the next itinerary to avoid a sense of stagnancy. Obviously, that’s not exactly possible at the moment, which is made even more difficult by the tantalizingly cheap airfare. I’ll continue to do my part and practice social distancing for the foreseeable future. However, I wouldn’t complain at all if this situation lessens in time for us all to enjoy a much needed summer holiday. Has the coronavirus affected your summer travel plans? Also, I posted a similar version of this shot back in October, but with a different edit. Have to stretch out the archives in this prolonged hiatus from traveling haha.
One of the reasons I began taking photos was the nostalgic aspect of photography. Oftentimes, for me at least, the sense of reward doesn’t come until months, or maybe even years down the road when I am going through my archives and revisiting old memories. I think a lot of us are using this time of social distancing to revisit past trips and adventures and relive them vicariously. This doesn’t just apply to the work side of photography for me. I also love going through old snapchats, yearbooks, and photo albums that I’ve saved and remembering good times with friends from past years. It can be very entertaining and satisfying, especially when you’re at home and unable to partake in physical socialization. I took this photo nearly five years ago at the tail end of summer 2015. I was just about to head back to college after another whirlwind Nantucket summer. All of my friends had left the island already, so I decided to go to the beach by myself to catch the sunset and go for a swim. Looking at this photo brings back all of those feelings of contentment and peace. There aren’t many activities more calming than floating in the ocean at sunset. I remember my grandfather once told me he found some of the greatest joy looking back at old photo albums and home videos. I’m beginning to understand what he meant. Have you found yourself going down the rabbit hole of nostalgia lately?
I’m always curious to see what causes people to follow certain accounts. I’ve spent so much time on this platform over the last few months, and it’s really interesting to see the new types of accounts and users that I attract. Do you follow based on the quality of the visual content? Maybe you really like their photography, or you admire their videography skills and look forward to seeing their talents in your feed. Or maybe you’re more of a captions person? Do you enjoy reading long form captions, or maybe more business oriented posts that center around informational, text-based, value providing posts. A lot of people choose to stay within their ”niche”. So if you’re a landscape photographer, you tend to follow other landscape photographers. Or if you’re trying to grow a meme account, you’ll probably follow other meme accounts. Or maybe you simply return the follow for everyone who supports your account, regardless of the quality of their content. You feel the need to return the favor. I personally try to only follow accounts that I find creatively appealing and offer me some sense of inspiration with my work. There’s nothing more motivating than scrolling through your feed and seeing accounts that push creative boundaries. How do you decide whether or not to follow an account?
As most of us enter our third week of social distancing, I’d like to acknowledge the irony of the situation that we find ourselves in. The US government has announced they will extend its guidelines through the end of April, meaning that things won’t begin to return to “normal” until at least May, if not later. I noticed a growing trend on Twitter yesterday, with even the most introverted declaring how difficult they are finding it having to remain at home, and how they won’t take the luxury of socialization for granted once this crisis is over. Oftentimes, it’s only when something is taken away from us, that we truly see its value. I think that also applies to now as well. While it is a pain being confined to our homes for this length of time, we shouldn’t take for granted the fact that we have homes to shelter in. The homeless population, which number in the hundreds of thousands here in the US, are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic. They have nowhere to shower or freshen up, as a lot of their former options were shops that are now closed. When I put that into perspective, I appreciate the home that I have, even if I am tired of being held inside of it. I can wash my hands regularly, have a stocked refrigerator, and have a multitude of entertainment options. Once this is all over, I plan to get out into my community to assist those who are less fortunate in the aftermath of this pandemic. If it weren’t for my parents being at high risk for serious illness, I probably would use all of this extra time to help out now. But in the meantime, I encourage you to put things into perspective. These are rather dreary times for all of us, but at least we’re able to pass the time on platforms such as Instagram, and not in solitude on a city sidewalk.
This might be a bit cliche, but I figured I’d use this post to reflect on things that I’m grateful for ahead of Thanksgiving tomorrow. This isn’t normally something that I do, but in the spirit of the season, I’ll give it a shot. I’m fortunate enough to be in pristine health, something that most people take for granted on a daily basis. It isn’t until most people are faced with bad news that we begin to appreciate our health and the effect that it has on our lives. Bridging off of this, I’m also thankful for the health of my family and close friends. It’s such a blessing being able to be surrounded by all of your loved ones. It’s a luxury that I’m well aware isn’t afforded to everyone. Lastly, I’d like to take a moment and express my immense appreciation for all of you who continually leave comments and positive feedback on my photos. It’s been a great commitment taking photography seriously, and it’s been so rewarding and inspiring being able to interact with you! Fitting for the occasion, this is a shot taken from the back porch of my family home this summer. A very colorful sunrise that I was able to witness after prying myself out of bed. It’s always nice being home and being reminded of the importance of family, whether blood relatives or friends who are family. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!