this summer was one of the most memorable times in my 24 years of living. i decided to take a break from photography and just enjoy myself with some very dear people in my life. making memories in my head and putting down the camera is not something i typically do but this year it felt warranted. i’m often too caught up on getting the right exposure and focus that i distance myself unintentionally to the people around me — it’s a gift and a curse.
of course, i did manage to get a few good shots this summer and i’ll share them in due time. at this point in my life though, i can say i’m genuinely happy and that’s a big thing for me considering i do suffer from depression, something i’ve always dealt with privately and kept hidden. i’m a class clown if there’s something you should know about me, perpetually making light of any dark situation but sometimes depression gets the better of me. it helps to have a good foundation of kind, accepting people in my life who are always so supportive and loving. the type of friends i have are irreplaceable and i only wish others can have that fortune as well because it’s better than anything money can buy. when everything else is going to shit and you are able to reach out for help, only for your friends to go above and beyond makes life just that more easier.
anyways, this picture means a lot to me for a myriad of reasons but to put it simply, it’s the perfect representation of what this summer was, full of adventures and beautiful sights. one can only hope next year will be as good. this was a year to remember. thanks for following and cheers to the rest of the year. surf’s up.