Okay! So! I have figured out a way around this whole thing to where I can post text, but not pictures. Stay tuned.
This week has been busy. I've been tired, and, honestly, in a bad mood or stressed out a good bit. But, in the other moments, I've been striving to keep up a healthy exercise routine and appreciation for the beauty that's around me. For a few days, I would walk down the street listening to music, and whenever a certain song would come on, I would take short notes of the things around me that I enjoyed for the entire length of the song. Here's one example:
trees trimmed, branches the same length, to look like upside-down bowls (quick sketch)
3 generations sitting together - dad child & g-dad
a dog rooting in the grass, looking up at me and smiling
a man, suit jacket off, pants rolled up, sitting on a ledge and watching the sunset
an old man enjoying the cool of evening sitting in front of traditional Chinese gate
under it, a woman and her two sons play badminton in front of a stone carving of the buildings in Red Park
a lit-up sign for the China Construction Bank that's strangely evocative
all the flowers growing on all the ledges of apartments and in yangtais
birds playing in a circle, passing overhead again and again
Do you ever feel as if you wouldn't so much like a picture of what you're looking at, as a picture of you, doing what you're doing, looking at it? I had that feeling last night, brushing my teeth, watching through my window the last few late-night taxis find their ways home in the rain. Maybe it boils down to a desire more to capture a state of mind than anything. Or maybe mark some sort of moment, a turning point that you don't yet know the meaning of, but that maybe later you'll recognize in the changing lines of your face.