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Tribute to the Broken Hearted by vest Tribute to the Broken Hearted by vest
She felt bad that day. Absolutely rotten. She sent me a message, telling me that he finally recognized the dead-end nature of the relationship, and fulfilled the inevitable prophecy. She got dumped.

It's during our moments of great depression that we find other things to occupy what seems like a void in the psyche. It's a panging sensation on the inside, this uncertainty as to how valuable we really think we are, and a struggle while coming to grips with the realization that the closer we feel to somebody, the more expendable we feel when we're tossed aside. I know the feeling. It's what got me into photography.

I knew exactly what would make her feel better. While on the road earlier, there was a tad bit of rainfall, but not so much as to drench the day. The clouds were still broken up, half of the heavenly dome ahead letting through broken beams of sunlight, and the other half the dark silhouettes of thick clouds. It was a pristine day. Perfect conditions. I told her to come with me on a photo shoot.

We arrived at 5 o'clock, slightly late, but still making good enough time to capture the sunset's afterglow over the perfectly flat Pacific. It was divine, an expanding marigold hue gracing the horizon's skin. The raspberry clouds seemed to sink into the ocean, their reflections glistening like spectral apparitions in the reflections. I chose the Palos Verdes bluffs, mostly because of familiarity (I wanted her to go to my favorite spot) and because it was relatively close to where she lived.

She brought her camera, too. She got a few photos of her own, and submitted them to this site as well. After the show was over, when the dozen or so onlookers left the bluff, I remained, watching the strawberry light gradually slip from the bottom edges of the clouds. There we sat, talking quietly about nothing. Not about her boyfriend. Not about her life. Not even about us. Just, nothing. How cool it was that we could see the light of planes taking off from LAX on the water. Pointing at the distant spot of tangerine light, a speck, that was the Santa Monica Pier. Observing the city lights illuminating the clouds that were passing over Los Angeles. Basically, nothing of any spectacular meaning.

So I then ask her. "What's on your mind?"
It took her a few seconds to utter a response. "Nothing, really."
Another minute of silence graced over us. Just the dull roar of waves crashing hundreds of feet below, a subtle ocean breeze gracing the tips of our ears, and the passing traffic lazily whirring by in the distance behind us. She then turned to me. "What are you thinking about?"

Photography. It's a wonderful thing. Strange how the acquisition of real images, of making our own interpretation of reality, can push our mind into setting aside our troubles and our probems. There is no ex boyfriend in the view finder, and essentially, that's all we think and care about at the time. So we forget, and where the inner void was, is now filled with another trademark California sunset.
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Fooledsweetness Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
This lovely piece has been featured here [link]
lliiizu Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Great shot!
starlit-sky Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
my god thats breath-taking:clap:
EchoedLight Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006
This makes me miss my beaches so much it aches.
vest Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
Which beach was this?
EchoedLight Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
A few favorites are Seacliff, Seabright, SC Harbor, Sunset, Pleasure Point, New Brighton, Rio Del Mar, Capitola and then the beach at my Uncle's house in Hope Ranch down south in SB. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, about 45 minutes from Santa Cruz and spent an inordinate amount of time at the ocean. It's the touchstone of my soul if one were to wax poetic or attempt to. I'm not big on actually swimming in the ocean but I can sit and listen, watch, smell, and taste it for hours on end. ~sighs~

Hah! A beach wedding! Rock on!!!!
linteli Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Very calming, a moment that makes you stop for a while. Breath and be silent. I really liked what you said about photography, that's so true. Through the viewfinder you can see an imaginary world for a while, visible to everybody but for a moment there's something special for you only.

The sky here is stunning, the wonderful contrast between reds and blues but I still have to admit that what captures my attention is the water. How it just goes on and on, even after the horizon there'll be a no one, seen as hazy. How the colours glimmer and blen on the surface. Silent waves. And the small view of the beach makes it possible for me to walk into the water for a while and feel the wind. Thank you.
marian0 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2005
to the crooked hearted. no, wait... just a few degrees clockwise!

aside from that technical flaw, it's a beautiful capture :)
Uende Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005
Absolutely wonderful! I'm truly impressed and captivated.
I have no idea what else to say, but I wanted to at least leave a comment, however non contributing it may be.

Oh, and I like the picture too
SoothsayerAyzahar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005   Filmographer
In truth the awkward silent moments are painful yet at the same time extremely meaningful. For the most part when a person responds with nothing it usually means that they are thinking of the situation they are situated in. usually positively. But there is a sense of confusion, a sense of uncertainty that is unspoken between you two. One doesnt know what the other one is thinking, and neither one has the strength to bring up the most important subject, which is usually you two. I used to get angsty, even bitter when such moments would arrive, but I learned through experience that usually it's the best response one can give. It is a response that shows that they are completely comfortable and content to sit there with you, without needing to think to question, to start and stop conversations. It takes time. It really does. Funny, David, it seems to me that you are falling in love, something you constantly try to bitch about when we hang out at school- actually on a daily basis that I Hang out with you. It's funny!
Honestly, I'de take this opportunity to really work things out with that person, because something that special, someone who can share such moments of utter contentment is the type of a person you'd probably want to consider spending your life with.
Now I am not here to criticize your work, I am not an expert in photography and I can't offer any meaningful suggestions, so I just say whats on my mind. Goodluck, Live Long and Uh Slaughter.
kkart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005  Professional Photographer
an incredible very gorgeous. Great capture and I really like yer description--excellent work!
SigmaEnigma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
I hate to love your incredible photographs. How the heck do you get such vivid, detailed colors? I'm so jealous...
FreeTigress Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
Wow,......I don't know what impresses me more, your writing or your photography....I awe.
CrazedAEGfanatic Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005   Photographer
very beautiful.
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sammib Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
wow !
furryphotos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005  Professional Photographer
Beauitfully taken :)
radicus-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
i love the sympathetic contrast between the red and the blue plus its jus a great shot overall
CLanez Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
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