- Aperture: f/4.5
- Focal Length: 18mm
- ISO: 400
- Shutter: 1/5 sec
- Camera: NIKON D1H
I could have gone out this afternoon to shoot the arrival of Hurricane Dennis. I could have gone out to chase whatever storm damage might have occurred. I could have posted a more “professional” shot today. I could have posted something more esoteric than my own kitchen.
But as the wind blew and the rain fell and the television anchors warned of imminent disaster, I realized that I didn’t really want to be anywhere but where I was — in my safe, warm apartment with my boy and my kitties.
I went out in Hurricane Ivan last year. I spent the entire day shooting for the paper with the other photographers. I got cold, I got wet, and I almost got killed when a tree fell where I had been standing moments before. I didn’t shoot anything memorable. In fact, there is very little that I remember about the day at all.
I wanted today to be different.
I spend a good portion of my time depriving myself of comfort, love, happiness, for reasons that make sense only to me. I drive myself relentlessly, only to discover at the end of the day that I have been chasing my own tail. I record other people’s lives; I tell other people’s stories.
I wanted a story of my own.
And so, when people ask me where I was during Hurricane Dennis, I will tell them how I spent the evening at my apartment, slicing onions and boiling potatoes for corned beef hash.
I will tell them how I walked outside and stood on my porch drinking Green Apple Smirnoff from the bottle, watching the wind blow through the trees as my supper simmered on the stove.
I will tell them how I sat at my computer typing instant messages to a friend, listening to the rain fall and feeling the contentment of being dry and warm inside a place that feels more like home than anywhere else I have ever lived.
I will tell them how I took my computer to bed with me to write this post, just so I could feel the drowsy heaviness of kitties at my feet and my boy by my side.
And I will tell them that it was the best hurricane I have ever lived through — I have the photograph to prove it.
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