Photo courtesy of my son.
Since I don't have an active Facebook account at the moment, I ramble regularly on this page. My latest article is about San Joaquin Cemetery. It's been four months since I last tried to post, and finally I was inspired to finish it today, after a long conversation with a friend. The topic of letting go was cataclysmic and ironically permeated creative juices through my psyche. Someone said, life is pleasant and death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. These are the very same thoughts I had when I visited Camposanto de San Joaquin.
Plugged the headset to my ears and played Adele's "Someone Like You" on my phone, while waiting for some lab results at the Mukdahan International Hospital. Out of nowhere, a butterfly alighted on my lap. A butterfly? Yes, a butterfly inside the hospital's out-patient lobby. I carefully held it's delicate wings and placed it on my palm. Poking it gently, I was baffled why it didn't move nor tried to fly away. The creature seemed awfully tired, sick, and almost dead. As it sat still, I hurriedly snapped a picture using my cam phone lest it takes off. The headset dislodged from the phone's socket as I took the photo and Adele's song filled the air with it's sad lyrics.
"♫♪Never mind I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you, too.
Don't forget me, I begged,
I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead.♬♪♫"
And suddenly, as if awaken from momentary trance, the beautiful creature just flew away.
"Love is like butterfly, beautiful and delicate...
If you truly care for it, you'll do whatever you can to make it happy, even if that means letting it go."
I find it inconvenient to carry a DSLR nowadays. The weather in Savannakhet makes me lazy to go on dedicated photo walks. Most of the time, the hot and humid mornings alternate with rainy afternoons. So what do I do? I use the camera on my phone to take random images. It's indeed an amazing tool and the various cam types and image editing applications that come with it, are so cool and handy. To name a few, I use Instagram, Retrogram, Camera FX and Fotolr CS. Yes, pointing and shooting, then editing, has never been easier using these applications. The more unstaged the photos are, the more memories I save, the more I relate to them and sometimes, the more I capture crap. Hahah! Anyway, it makes me shoot more, edit faster, and delete without regret of wasting. I'm still toying with the idea of an Iphoneography tab on this site. We'll see!