A Visual Interpretation of Summer

Summer: A Visual Interpretation

Have I mentioned that I love summer? I do! I love the sizzling summer days. Long, sometimes lonely, and lazy, they always seem to begin and end with glorious golden hour light. Yet, summertime has been a busy time of the year for me, thankfully. This particular summer, though, this year so far for that matter, has been different, and not always in good way for a lot of reasons. Guess it’s called life, and it’s not always beautiful.

But back to summer…still my favorite season. Lately I’ve been thinking of the meaning of summer, in general and in particular, and of how to capture the meaning of summer in images.

Let’s start with what usually comes to mind when we think of summer:

  • hot, long and lazy days on the beach; magical sunsets
  • time off, an escape from everyday noise, to a peaceful place or to an adventure (if only in our minds)
  • a moment to reflect and reconnect with our inner selves, and to relax our minds while finally taking the time to take in a beautiful scenery, read a book, or just daydream
Golden hour fog over the city. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Fog hanging low over the Hudson River and Manhattan, turns into glow as the sun rises over NYC.

And yet, summertime is not only about glorious sunsets, but also about gloomy, cloudy days. Maybe most importantly, in those moment of self-reflection, it’s about remembering conversations we’d have with those who’re not around anymore.

Wooden Chairs on Atlantic City Boardwalk. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Empty Spaces. Would-be conversations on Atlantic City boardwalk. Photo by Alina Oswald.

And also about conversations and time we can still have with those who’re still with us.

Summer is also about travel.

About exploring new places and about new adventures.

Before returning to our reality, to our mundane, everyday, life:

I tend to spend my last weeks of summer thinking of new possibilities, exploring new ideas, preparing for the rest of the year, and also, maybe, just maybe, taking a moment to exhale.

So, how has your summer been, so far? Do you usually capture it in words, in images? When it comes to photography, do you capture summer in color or black-and-white, or both?

Wish you all a wonderful summer and, as always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

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