It was a lovely weekend in the spring of 1995, a perfect day for a drive to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Armed with my brand new Nikon 8008S, I was off to complete the final photo essay project for my very first photography class. Recently, I came across these old photos, and immediately I was reliving that beautiful day!
We were only a short drive from our home in the bustling Washington DC/Baltimore area, but the Eastern Shore felt like another world. Even back then, when “living in the city” was still new and exciting, I was captivated by the spirit of not just the people of the Eastern Shore, but the place itself. Gazing at the photos now, I still feel that same sense of welcome I experienced while exploring these little havens of existence over 20 years ago.Photos can tell a story when words won't suffice. #Maryland #EasternShore #photostory Click To Tweet
I now have enough life under my belt, however, to realize that perhaps the “story” in these pictures is one I concocted in my own imagination. Did I create the idyllic atmosphere to match the charm I saw in the images? Perhaps. After 13 moves in 26 years, I often idealize and long for where I am not. I imagine this other place is somehow better, more exciting, more warm.
Contentment, however, is not limited to a zip code. It can be cultivated anywhere. God has me firmly planted (for the foreseeable future, anyway) in this busy metro area. He has work for me to do here. As I looked at these pictures today, they spoke to me a new story, a story He has yet to write. And I’m kind of excited about that! 😀
I considered trying to edit these images, but chose not to. These were taken with wet film, before digital editing was a thing, and I developed them myself in a darkroom. Sharing them just the way they are feels more authentic, mistakes and all. Technology has certainly changed in 21 years and they now blur (literally!) next to a simple iPhone shot. Hopefully that will just add a bit of nostalgia as we take a walk together through a few hidden locations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore!
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