Monthly Archives: January 2010

Running

A lot has happened in the last few months.  A lot has changed in my life.  Some of the changes have been so beneficial, and some of the changes were totally antithetical to what I wanted/expected.

At first, I wanted to run.  When something huge happens, and it isn’t what you wanted, you do almost anything to get away from the feelings that result.  Some drink.  Some screw.  Some fight.  Some travel.  Some take the feelings and put it toward positive improvement.  In the end, though, it’s all running.

I wanted to start traveling, thinking I’d feel better if I just “got away for a while.” That was totally incorrect.

I took a quick trip to NYC to see some family in October, and I realized my desire to “get away” wouldn’t change a damn thing, and wouldn’t change how I felt.  The photo above is from Times Square.

I tried to “get away,” by going to one of the busiest places in the world.  I sat down and tried to take everything in.  After a few moments, with everything and everyone whirling around me, I realized that I couldn’t run from anything.  With the blur of human activity and bustle screaming around me, I was only able to focus on the one thing I could focus on when I was home.

What you feel; it stays with you.  If you do manage to escape for a while, that’s okay.  Your demons are patient.

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SkyFire

October ’09.  Greenport, NY.

One of the most spectacular evenings I’ve come across.  I was at work in town, and just had to document it.

It was a very “passionate” sunset.  Greenport is such a spectacular town for photography.  Love it.

That sunset was so striking because, at the time, it represented how I felt.  One could take the sunset as an image of passionate love, or anger.  Or perhaps a bit of both.  Where’s the point in which the two blend together?

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Communications

I really have a photographic love affair with telephone poles/wires.

Since I started photography last summer, I’ve had just this….innate attraction to them.  It was hard to understand why, but over time (more recently) I began to figure it out.

I was with a great young woman for about four years of my life, and we separated right before I purchased my first dSLR. Communication between us pretty much ceased.  It was a bit jarring, no longer speaking to someone who had been in my life since I was nine years old.  (Quick note: this post isn’t meant to be a pity party. Just sayin’)

Right off the bat, I was attracted to shots like this.  I couldn’t figure it out.  It was a reflection of my desire to communicate with her; to reestablish contact.  A reflection of my frustration, if you will.  Slowly, my frustration died out, and when I go back through my photo archives, I can see the frequency of these types of photos died, as well.

It’s so very strange, how photography is a reflection of our own wants, desires, and emotions.  And sometimes, we don’t even realize it.

-C.H.

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Freedom

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Ferries

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Open up

Hey, everyone!  This is my first post here.

I’m using this page as a “portfolio” of sorts for my photography business.  More information on the “about” page.  I will update this website often with new shots that I think best represent what I’m about, and what I like to photograph.

Any inquiries should be either posted here as a comment, or sent to ctharrig@gmail.com

I am available to shoot birthdays, family gatherings, couples, or to meet up with you for some portraiture work.  Pretty much down for anything.  Thanks!

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