Throughout 2015, I committed to making a go of a personal project. Not quite the ambitious “365 Projects” that lots of photographers do, which I admire and secretly envy (those willing souls commit to creating and sharing one photo every day for a year) – but something similar, which I call my “360 project”. The name is a play on words, not 365 images, but looking at 360 degrees of my world – i.e., taking it all in, seeing the trees, and the forest, so to speak, through my lens.
A few days ago, the summer air was hot and heavy and the light was anxious. A storm was coming – indeed I had been tracking it’s progress towards us via Capital Weather Gang‘s tweets and updates. A gullywasher, they promised. But it was languorous, and Del and I waited and waited for the rain to start. I thought once it did, we’d come inside, cuddle up and hunker down. Instead, when the first drops began to ker-plink against the hot pavement, my kid ran out onto the sidewalk and threw open his arms. When the wall of rain hit seconds later, he welcomed his drenching with laughter and amazement.
After a couple minutes basking in his delight, I ran inside for his rain coat … and my camera. And we shared the joy of summer rain for the thirty or forty minutes that the summer storm gave us.
so next time it rains, go play.