The last few nights have been quite cool in the Boston area. When I took our dog Sam for an evening walk last night, my phone told me that it was 47 degrees outside. I threw on my denim jacket and a scarf. The flip flops were pushed to the back of the closet.
So here are some of the last photographs of summer.
Over Labor Day weekend we made a day trip to Crane Beach which is about an hour from our house. It was our first time there. The beach just beyond the parking lot was extremely crowded. But a 15minute walk south along the water, was quiet and wide open. It was a gorgeous day. The sun was out, the sand was hot and the waves were cool.
I cherish days like that.(All photographs taken with a Leica MP and Kodak Portra 400 film scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California)
The Dead Sea — The Lumineers
San Francisco, California. August 2014.
A few weeks ago I was in San Francisco and went exploring with my friend Aaron. Tyson Wheatley joined us as well. I had never met Tyson but I’ve been enjoying his beautiful photographs for some time. It was a thrill to meet and hear his life story over a photowalk and dinner. Such a talented and super cool person.
(All photographs taken with a Mamiya 7ii and Kodak Portra 400 film scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California)
I wasn’t in the audience at the time, but the very first time I saw the video of Steve Jobs presenting the iPhone to the world I was in awe.
Sure we had plenty of smartphones previously but this was something entirely different.
I pre-ordered mine as soon as I possibly could.
It had nothing to do with my work trying to understand the latest new thing. I wanted it for myself. After I had embraced this new thing, my mind opened up to a world of possibilities, for my personal life and my professional life.
I pre-ordered the next iPhone and every other one that came out since. And last week I did the same thing with the iPhone 6. It looks like another insanely great product.
Last week, along with so many people around the world I watched Apple introduce the Watch.
It is a thing of beauty. It’s thoughtful, well designed and capable.
But at this time I don’t have any plans to pre-order it when it becomes available.
I really don’t want another thing to power up and charge in my life. I don’t want another thing to interrupt my moments. I don’t want to see any sort of notification when I’m playing basketball in the driveway with the kids. I am finding the joy of walking into my house, taking the phone out of my pocket and leaving it on the counter.
I love the miracle of the mobile, high speed internet. But I want to choose my time with and without.
There is a real possibility that by not getting an Apple Watch I will miss out on important emerging trends. That’s a concern I suppose. Or maybe developers figure out how to innovate and respect our time along the way.
There is also a chance I eat the words of this very post as we get learn more about Watch and as it’s capabilities radically improve as these things always do.
But less is more in so many ways and this might be another example. At least that’s how I’m feeling at the moment.
Franklin’s Tower — Grateful Dead
I’ve heard it described that raising kids at different ages is sort of like different formats of tests, if you will.
The baby/toddler years is like a true/false exam. It’s obvious, your job as a parent is to love them, protect them, feed them, etc.
As they get older, during elementary school years, parenthood moves from true/false to multiple choice. Which schools are best, how to juggle after school activities, how to manage online vs offline etc.
The teenage stage is more like an essay test.
The answers are not in front of you. In fact, there may not be a right answer at all.
We have three children. The oldest one has entered the essay test stage. She is dealing with them as an adolescent and we have them as parents. Sometimes the three of us work together, sometimes we freestyle. Each moment seems to reveal new choices, new opportunities, new challenges, new risks, new experiences. Some feel familiar and many are completely new ….even though I was a teenager once before.
I’m excited for her and this new stage of life. It’s truly wonderful. In many ways I am looking forward to it. But the old days were pretty damn great as well. And definitely much simpler.