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New Places, Same Love

Photo Essay by Founding Editor & Creative Director Charles Champagne. 

 

Writing has always been an escape for me.

I used to journal every day since the fourth grade. Now, they may have never been perfect, on time, or written coherently but I enjoyed it nevertheless. As life would interject it’s obstacles my writing would alternate with my motivation. It wasn’t until college where I began not only writing more frequently but finding other outlets for my thoughts, my anxiety – my energy.

After convincing my mother to go halfsies on a Nikon D750 with me, photography has taken me places I would have never imagined possible for myself. Photography was my new method of documentation. Until, of course, life began being a bitch again.

Being a recently-turned 25-year-old, I guess it’s the perfect time for a quarter life crisis. I can't get into specifics just yet, but just know that this trip was much-needed for my mental health. It was great to direct my energy into spending time with the man I love and to actually being present while staying out of my head.

I say that like I wasn't in my head that whole trip – I found myself frustrated, because I was making myself miserable trying to capture the perfect set of photos. The sun was either too bright or there weren't enough clouds covering the area. You name it and I found a way to bitch about it. Instead of enjoying myself in those moments, I was trying to force myself to have a good time and take amazing photos. 

At one point I decided to just relax, breathe, and enjoy the time I had with Devin. As our 20 hours came to a close we ended our night together soothing each other's sunburns in bed, while going over all the photos I took during our trip. It was then when I realized that I didn't do as bad as I originally thought. 

In that moment I learned that with enough time, energy, and patience you will get to where you want to be.

So from now on I will do my best to accept what I am capable of doing in these present moments, and know that I will reach my potential self if I only allow myself to patiently learn in time. In the meantime, I want you all to send good vibes for more adventures, more writing, and for falling in love with photography all over again. 

- Charlie 

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