The best photography captures a moment, a point in time where you can sum up your life in an instant, and attempt to capture as much of life's happenings as possible in a single frame. I started shooting film again about two years ago, but this time I learned how to develop it myself.
Our family lives on one of the most beautiful places on the planet, the Florida panhandle. We often hike spots like this one.
My son is at that age where the innocence of youth is working its way out; where summoning up courage is more of a gray line, not so black and white.
He had contemplated this rope swing over the 100 foot bluff for multiple hikes. The swing can be scary--to jump off and roll down or fear of swinging out too far, and hitting the tree, limbs breaking--all multiple fears that courage eventually overcomes. Would today be that day?
I took this picture to show the magnitude of the slope, which you aren't used to seeing in Florida. What I was able to frame was the wife and dog below--memories of a young child jumping into a pool for the first time. To show the erosion of the tree symbolizing constant change and how the landscape, along with life, is a constant change and process; the erosion of childhood fears.
I felt 'courage' was an apt title for this shot. I am just not sure if it's for him, or me.