Creative expression comes in many forms. Here, a day removed from my 38th birthday, I share a poem to dance with my photograph. Touching on the themes of time, age, and acceptance as we grapple with inevitability.
Reflective mirrored photography dazzles the imagination. Our own Mirror of Erised. Cedar Run’s watery mirror has me thinking on my own life. It also affords an opportunity to share some quick reflections about myself with you.
Sunset at the salt marsh delivered big time in summer 2020; and that’s with me missing several great sunsets and thunderstorms. Sunsets come in bunches and summer 2020 stands testament. Sure, winter may still hold the title, but summer means business, too.
Subtle yet profound moments on the salt marsh deliver big healing. Where the wind takes a breath and the still waters turn to unbroken mirrored reflections. When the pastels glow peace between pilings you know your time is come.
Discomfort is inevitable. It is the uncomfortable space challenging us to grow. Creativity is an outlet to work through the upheaval of uncertainty. It brings our insecurities and fears out into the world and transforms them into something beautiful. It sparks a thought, a conversation, a love. It creates the new to conquer the old.
Sunsets ignite remembrance. Firing up passion and energy in our mind, body, and soul. It is the multicolored power force of last light. Bouncing rays of light dancing proud in clouds and prisms. We feel this energy. We feed from this energy. In so doing we remember.
Rainbow colored pastel sunsets casting hues on cotton candy clouds is a vision of beauty and diversification. Unfortunately our society has yet to embrace the panoply of wholeness which will spring forth from a freer, more open society. A society healed of its racial past, and ready and willing to embrace the beauty and benefits of all her citizens. Our BIPOC brothers and sisters need our support, and I am here to listen, and to help as best I can.
Manahawkin, NJ based landscape photographer Greg Molyneux shares a wide angle landscape photograph of the beloved Cedar Run Dock Road salt marsh at sunset. It’s a photo he’s made dozens of times before, but here he reflects on what a return to the marsh out of exile from COVID-19 isolation means to his psyche.
Evenfall of Christmas Eve 2019 came with a flourish over southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Deep blues shot through with red, yellow, and orange, glowed elegant over the Cedar Run Dock Road salt marsh. A welcome sight to many in anticipation of the joy and love that overfills holiday hearts. I wish continued blessings to those whose cups are full, yet I will not miss the chance to recognize, love, and honor those whom struggle with loss and loneliness during this time. I see you.
One common mistake I observe when making sunset photographers is other people leaving the scene too early. More often than not the best color, intense drama and sunset magic happens after the sun goes down. So when you are out there shooting sunset make sure you wait for it!