In the words of MLK:
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... the nation and the world are in need of creative extremists."
Although extremist is often seen in a negative light, I am thinking of this quote as both positive and powerful. When you care deeply about something, when you "go all in" you, in a sense, become an extremist. I feel strongly that my curiosity and love for photography and adventure is me as a creative extremist.
I spent the long holiday weekend outside at Acadia National Park and Popham Beach: from soaking in the sun to climbing mountains, walking on beaches and wading in the ocean, to gazing up at the clouds.
Prior to capturing the image below, I was out on Popham Beach exploring for the afternoon. I ended up taking on a little ocean water so I headed back to the car for a little warm up time before the sunset shoot. As I sat getting ready and munching on a snack (putting my feet in plastic doggie poo bags I found... my attempt to preserve my feet), I noticed another photographer packing up his gear. I wondered why leave now? I have found that late afternoon through sunset and twilight are some of the best times to create images.
I noticed the park was closing at sunset and I knew I would want to stay out longer. I started my second shoot about an hour before sunset and kept shooting as long as the park ranger would allow. Unlike some parks, Popham Beach requires you to leave for "safety reasons" since they do not want surfers out at dark. The friendly ranger said he lived nearby and did not mind waiting if I would be back before dark.
So I spent the final 1.5 hours watching the light and clouds create an ever changing landscape to create photographs. Then, I grabbed my gear (James the Adventure Pup by my side) and ran back across the beach to get to my car. I was the last one there and I waved appreciatively to the ranger as I departed as quickly as I could. I often take images throughout the day, but I think it is my push to stay out later, be there earlier, and watch the light that makes a difference. Sometimes I do not create the images that I imagine, but I am always glad to be out there creating. When I first headed back onto the beach (feet wrapped and wet from my early ocean mishap) it looked dark and I was not sure what the light might do. I had been watching the clouds since 1 p.m. so I felt that if the light fell right and the clouds could part for the sun to shine through "magic" just might happen. Conditions were far from perfect but I found a few magic moments.
This is the first of a series of images I made just yesterday on MLK Day. Cheers to being a creative extremist, to living our adventure life, and to finding and sharing it with others in a way that is positive and impactful.