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Travel and Self Exploration

by Penny Sadler

Travel and Self Exploration @PennySadler 2013 girl in purple socks

I don’t always photograph people but when someone really gets my attention, like this young girl did, I just have to snap them. She obviously knows what she likes and she’s fearless. When I saw the purple striped socks I immediately thought of this weeks photo challenge, purple. She was too original and wonderful not to share with you.

Street photography has always interested me the most. I don’t really have to travel for that, but I find that when I’m away from home I’m more relaxed, and I’m more likely to approach people and start a conversation, or ask if it’s ok to take a photograph. Even my friends have commented, “It sounds like you are a completely different person when you are traveling.” I gave that some thought and realized, I really am.

I strive to be that person every day regardless of where I am. When I’m traveling it just happens – it’s easy and effortless. I don’t have to think about it. It’s like the part of me represented by this young girl, wearing a wild combination of colors and patterns, comes out to play. Synchronicities become a part of daily life rather than passing by unnoticed. Life becomes more about experiencing and enjoying moments, rather than planning for the future.

I practice being this person when I’m at home, and celebrate my small successes. I just need it to happen more often.

I’m not sure why, but this is how it is for me. What about you? Do you feel more at home on the road? Do you enjoy meeting new people on the road? What is travel for you? Love to hear your comments, thoughts, ideas…

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island traveler August 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

cool purple socks. childhood is a lot of fun and colors.

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allthingsboys August 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

This made me laugh–not AT the girl, but because it is so free and spirited! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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Penny August 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I totally agree. You can’t see her Big, shiny red earrings.

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harpersfarm August 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I think that I, too, come alive when I travel. I think that is why I like it so much. It is a chance to break free from my normal shy, timid self. I love your photograph.

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Penny August 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Thank you. It’s always nice to know someone else is out there. 😉

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