A Different Beach

 I have no idea why I'm feeling so drawn to my beach photographs lately. Maybe because I'm in California and haven't had time to go to the beach lately even though the temperatures have been beach worthy.

These two are from Huntington Beach with the very charming pier.

I'm definitely in a photographic storytelling mode and there's always a story to be found at the beach, especially when there are dogs.

Body Language

Remember the photograph of the girl standing in the sand at the beach? It was actually one of four photographs focused on her and her boyfriend (not the guy in the first photograph). When I first saw them I felt there was a story I could tell. 

Now I'm going to the last photograph in the set of four because it really fits as a bookend to the first one. This time it's her boyfriend without her in the shot. And maybe my favorite.

Body Language #4 - 12/8/15 3:28pm

Body Language #4 - 12/8/15 3:28pm

Two minutes earlier, there was this photograph with the girlfriend in it.

Body Language #3 - 12/8/15 3:26pm

Body Language #3 - 12/8/15 3:26pm

Proof of who the couple is...

Body Language #2 - 12/8/15 2:58pm

Body Language #2 - 12/8/15 2:58pm

The first photograph of the series. The girlfriend in front of another man.

Body Language #1 - 12/8/15 2:57pm

Body Language #1 - 12/8/15 2:57pm

Did you also notice the changes of the dogs? For me, they are the spine of the story.

A Place In The Sand

Another photo I initially passed over, even though I looked at it carefully (unlike the one I posted yesterday) when I was editing that day's photographs.

This is why I don't delete. I believe that whenever we view photographs, or any type of art or people or whatever, our state of mind or state of heart has a lot to do with how we perceive what we're looking at. I clearing remember taking this photograph - I liked the story I saw at the time but for some reason I didn't really care for it when I saw it on my screen. I saw it again today and I love it...the story is even better for me now.

 
Long Beach, December 8, 2015

Long Beach, December 8, 2015

 

Sometimes it works the other way around...I love a shot and then a couple of months later I look at it and wonder what I was thinking. Again, I rack it up to mood, so I don't delete those ones either.