I feel like it's the day after Christmas. All the rush, all the build up, all the anticipation. The big day comes, and then it's gone. That's how I feel today after photographing the Reebok Spartan Race held this past weekend (24 and 25 August) at Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Virginia.
Photographing the race was pure heaven. The slide show on my home page shows the race from beginning to end. My goal was to capture the grit, the determination, and then the celebration when racers crossed the finished line. I feel I accomplished my goal. I hope you agree.
But now the race is over, all the hype and anticipation is no more. The crowds are gone. The racers are gone. Construction workers are taking down all that was built for the race. It's tantamount to taking down the Christmas Tree and putting all the ornaments away. So I guess that's the reason I am feeling a little down today. It's always this way after I photograph a big event.
What I do when I am feeling a down is to create a project for myself. It could be working on my web site, or doing anything that is constructive. I find that the work gives me a sense of purpose and a goal to attain. With my focus fixed on a goal, the negative feelings go away (or at least I keep them at bay). I also like to write, which is the reason I am sharing these thoughts with you now. But don't look for any books from me anytime soon. I am not a John Steinbeck.
The race is done. I must look forward. Time for a new project. Labor Day is this weekend and end of summer celebrations will be happening all of the county. Soon, autumn will be here and that means football. Football means more photoshoots (projects) of doing what I love to do. Create a project for myself. Yup. Works most of the time.
Thank you for letting me share my thoughts you.
Until next time,