I was told by a dear friend yesterday, that I have a few really good landscape photos that I should show off. I never set out to take these, I don’t go hunting for them. I see them as I go about, and I capture them. Actually, all of these, except this one with the car, are captured through the window of a moving train or a bus.
I do wish however, that I lived amongst landscapes like these, or even more remote. Not in the city.
When I was a toddler, mum used to go cross-country skiing pulling me behind in a little sledge. As I got older I joined, on my own pair of ski. Having a backpack with some sandwiches, hot chocolate and things like that. In the summer we’d go fishing & berry picking. We spent a lot of time outdoors. The most exercise/ “outdooring” I get now is when I walk between stores in town. Sure, I do occasionally go for a walk in the neighborhood or a park but, it’s not the same – not at all. I miss it. I love Gothenburg, and I love heading in to town and walk in stores, sit at a café, alone or with friends. But I’m starting to long for peace and quiet, a closeness to nature and a life outdoors.
© Rania Maria Photography
That just feels like a better, healthier and more rich life. A life were you value things better than buying stuff, spending money and just going through every day… doing what? Seeing and experiencing what? I work in front of my computer, I photograph a lot at home. I go to a friends’ place once in a while, grab a coffee in town, walk in stores… that can’t be what life’s about. (Being with friends is of course great!)
I’ve been living in the city for too long now, forgetting all about being outdoors, being in the woods. I run (and sometimes scream) when I see a wasp. I’m constantly on edge and all scared and tense in the forest, scared of ticks, horseflies and all other insects. I wasn’t like that as a child.
“I can’t see the stars anymore living here
Let’s go to the hills where the outlines are clear”
- Susan Enan, Bring On The Wonders