The past few weeks have been taken up by all things Spring. Every weekend morning we’ve been up by seven, heading over to Boston Common to play tennis (there’s an awesome app you can use to reserve them for an hour that I’ll ask Port the name of and link here later!). Most of our free time has been spent getting life organized and re-organized, staring at Google Maps wondering about routes and obsessing over some can’t miss place we’ve just discovered (mostly Singapore), and asking each other every possible question that starts with “Do you think…”. This is an anything’s-possible stage of life for us right now, but with that I think we’re both kind of clinging to the normalcy of the present, and our pretty low-key lives here in Boston. This has meant lots of nights sitting in the Public Garden, usually within sight of that one square of grass all the local dogs hang out on, trips to the new Fomu that just opened on Newbury Street, and aimlessly wandering around this slightly stuck-in-time city.
In ten days we’re going on a whirlwind one week trip to London and Greece, and, in a decision we’re probably both going to heavily regret, we’ve made the travel days pretty much as hectic as possible. Multiple connections, airport switches, two red eyes, the logic behind this was to A. Save money and B. Prep ourselves for the unpredictability of a “traveling lifestyle.” We figured if we can get through the whirlwind of this mini trip than we’ll feel more prepared to handle jumping from place to place every five days or so come September. Have I mentioned we both hate to fly? And that Porter gets motion sick? I know what you’re thinking, that was a really great idea. We think so, too.
In all honesty, I don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited for a vacation as the one in ten days. Well, obviously, we’re both significantly more pumped about leaving in September, but we don’t really consider that so much a vacation as a workcation. I get that from the outside looking in it definitely looks like we’re going on an endless vacation (I would for sure think that) but it kinds of fits more into the friends with benefits type analogy. If you’re just going on vacation you’re wed to that vacation, you are committed to relaxing, doing whatever you want, and probably getting poolside coconut shrimp, but in our case, we can’t be totally wifed up to the idea of being somewhere purely to relax, so our photographic work represents the friend side of things, and traveling and collaborating with ethical brands, the benefits. Porter wants you all to know that he told me this analogy doesn’t make sense. Too bad, I’m sticking to it.
Anyway, we’ve been shooting a lot of film lately, and making little videos of us doing basically nothing (going to the grocery store, wandering around Marlborough St. in the rain, etc.) in preparation for putting our first Vlogs out there after this trip. The change of medium has honestly been so fun and creatively stimulating. Porter’s kind of always had a knack for putting together little movies, and whenever he photographs and is stuck asking him “What would you want to shoot if you were filming?” always pulls him out of it, so it feels like a natural next step, and because a lot of our vacation time he’s going to be filming I’m just excited to have those memories preserved in a new way, and see what he comes up with, and see if and how it affects the way we photograph.
This blog post isn’t even a little bit cohesive, but that’s kind of where we’re at right now, lots of all-over-the-place thinking, lots of half-finished projects.
Hope you enjoy the pics!