Blue Star

Excess Access?
By: 
Scott Sullivan
I ran further down the beach, trying to frame the parallel swing-set chains with the last orange-turning-to-red-into purple light. The best angle required me to climb a knoll with the wind howling. I tottered up there, pressed the camera to my face and it smashed my glasses. There was no one to hear what I said, which blew east to land in Lansing or our nation’s capitol, while I scoured in the grass and sand in vain for my snapped-off temple. It was dark and cold with sand blowing over every-thing, but so what? I could not see anyway.

Nothing lends urgency to photography like the fear you’ll go blind. I can’t really see it coming. But knowing I’m diabetic and my nearsightedness is degrading would drive me to drink if it weren’t so sobering.

I was shooting the sunset at Lake Michigan except not. Everybody does that. The more-interesting image was of a woman standing near her car looking at her cell phone while the sunset behind reflected off the glass and chrome of her vehicle.

Light was fading, she was moving and I had no time to play with my camera settings. Result? Good idea, poor execution. I never lack opportunities to humble myself.

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