Now I have to be honest… there are trips I do that are strictly business, to create work solely for licensing, where my team will use their efforts to research and coordinate shoots that will produce compelling work which satisfy current needs of the marketplace.
Yup… it’s a total game of margin control. Create low, license a lot.
And then, there are the trips that I like to call my “Free Willy ” trips. It’s quality time spent on the road, just me, that isn’t business at all. It’s about reflection and understanding, and oh… yes my dear, at this stage in my life, I thirst for it! Just pull out a map and strike out onto any location in this world that you know just has to have a bit of zest for the soul. One perhaps, that might just be a splendid place to take the camera for a walk.
This latest trip to the mountains of North Carolina was a little bit of both – A little biz, a little reflection. I call it the “Practically Free Willy” trip.
I loaded up the Winnebago and set south for Boone, NC.
Boone, NC is a really great little place, and home to Appalachian State University, which was founded as a teachers college in 1899. I highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in the area, although I opted to base camp outside town in the little community of Foscoe, smack in a little gem of a spot along the beautiful Watauga River. If you like to get your fish on, it’s a must!
My favorite picture of the trip had to be the one of Christian. At fifty feet shy of a 6,000 ft, on a rare windless evening atop of Grandfather Mountain, I sat there doing my best to “reflect”. Along comes this young man and takes a seat. Literally, this guy, with his good boy looks and that beautiful American Flag bandana sits right down beside me. I couldn’t believe my luck. I watched him as he conversed with his friend who was standing behind me off camera, and waited for my moment. His attention become guided – offering me a total profile, his jawline exposed, our beautiful patriotic colors, and a spontaneous glimpse to the horizon, acknowledging one last kiss of daylight.