Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

I’m at an uncertain point in my life right now. I’ve lived in Australia for 13 years, and I’ve been employed by the same company since the first day I was eligible to work here. In two weeks time, I’ll know if 1) I still have a job there and 2) if I do, whether it is the job I want. I have to look forward, planning contingencies in case my world is turned on its head in the near future.

Although I’ve lived in cities all of my adult life, I grew up on a farm. Part of the future I dream of is a return to the country life – the quiet, interrupted by the breeze whispering through the wheat fields, the cry of a dove, the orchestra of crickets and cicadas in the depth of the night. I’m just not ready for that change yet.

I took this photo in one of my favourite locations in Second Life. It’s a place called Far Away, and I’ve blogged photos from this spot before. For this post, I went back to that series of shots I took a few months ago, knowing I would find an image there to reflect my uncertainty. Of memories of the past that may someday be my present.

And always looking forward.

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

  1. Omega User February 23, 2013 / 11:22 am

    If its something that means a lot to you then do it. Everything will work out, the first step is often the hardest. I noticed the title is forward but the character in photo is facing the left. Which in traditional image telling / movies means the character is retreating or going back somewhere. Maybe your subconscious is telling you to go back towards your roots.

    • peepsideshow February 23, 2013 / 11:27 am

      That’s where I’ll probably end up, eventually. Just not immediately 🙂 Thank you for your insight.

  2. Coach Annette February 23, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Really like the image with the somewhat blurred background and the grasses in foreground seem to be inverted. What techniques did you use to accomplish this picture? BTW, it’s Beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com (NOT Coach Annette).

    • peepsideshow February 23, 2013 / 11:41 am

      Thank you! I used a few different techniques – I did a bit of airbrushing, curves to change the lighting, a colour filter to mute the hues and finally, a focal softening to blur the background. I think that’s all…I tend to just keep playing with an image until I get something I like and I don’t write down what I do. But those are things I KNOW I did with this picture 🙂

  3. plaridel February 24, 2013 / 4:24 am

    when in doubt, follow your heart.

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