Karin Elizabeth | August
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Back in the saddle

Another two months have gone by; I keep finding my way back to my website though, so I suppose that’s something. My ties with Karin Elizabeth, photographer, are never severed even though I often (unwillingly) distance myself from it all. Life gets in the way of things, but in the past few months it’s been good: I’ve been experiencing things, getting out more, traveling, and gaining perspective on a lot of things, all of which will only benefit me in getting back in the saddle.

Wil and I just got back from traveling around Norway. We took our own car, Lola, and made our way up via Germany and Denmark. We traveled for two weeks, combining a few city stops (Bergen, Oslo) with a whole lot of nature. We took moments to relax (at a cabin in Geiranger for 3 days with a stunning view of the fjord) while also working in a fair amount of activity (several long, and even intense hiking trails, including Kjeragbolten and of course Preikestolen). We ate good food and tried some typical Norwegian things, such as Brunost and Aquavit.

Getting away from your own routine is a great way to look at things a little differently, and for me this trip has been extremely refreshing. For my photography, it’s also been great: while I used to balk at Instagram, for the past few months (since getting my new phone) I’ve been using it a lot (@kaatzoetekouw) and I also took tons of photos in Norway. I started using it as a quick tool to capture whims of creativity and now I’m really liking it. An appreciation for the little things, like how the light hits something, or how colorful the scenery is, or even just holding on to a memory, is exactly how I started taking photos back in 2004. A decent phone camera is whipped out in a second; an image processed in a jiffy. It’s more effortless in a sense to capture what I see, and that is the pay off for me. I’m not in it for followers, I’m in it for myself: I quickly get to see my own results and it’s been motivating me to see that with a simple phone camera, I can take photos that I fall in love with. (Imagine what I can do with other tools?)

It’s been good to start over in that sense. I credit both Instagram and my very different surroundings for this. I felt something open up in my soul, and I have hope that my long creative block is coming to an end.

I’ll share some Norway/Instagram favorites here as soon as I have my stream up to date. And after that I’ll get to work on my plentiful DSLR shots, which will take me a while because I took many, but I should have something to share in a couple of weeks.