A journey down south to do some World Tour explorin' and sunset watching
I spent the Summer Solstice at the end of the World in one of my favorite World Tour sites, Venice.
Sunset in the marsh
I first photographed Venice in 2011 during the dawn of the World Tour. I wrote a blog, "Further Down the Road", that featured my Not So Slight and Very Unnecessary anxiety about *how* I was going to photograph this worldly wonder. By the third trip down it was obvious that Veniceclearly spoke for itself. This time around, on the Ancient World Tour, fossils were the motivation. Well, fossils and jaw dropping sunsets.
Summer Solstice Sunset in Venice
Water rules the road in Venice
as does the wildlife.
makes ya wonder about rush hour
The Ancient World Tour speaks to the original settlement of our world, the natural environment. I thought the Summer Solstice, a time to celebrate and respect light, the perfect time to go fossil exploring. Using the lumen print process (printing with the sun!) to create a "modern" fossil (term applied loosely) even the smallest blade of grass or the tiniest flower gives an immense sense of our intricate and fragile existence.
Venice Marsh, Venice Flower, Venice Tall Grass, Blades of Venice
After all, it's the little things that create this expansive
world we all share and live in for just a short while.
Til next epoch..
End of the Solstice at the End of the World
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The Louisiana World Tour, a philosophical and photographic road trip through the state of my world, began in 2011 under the premise that the world is as large or as small as you want it to be. Since that time, over 20 "international" destinations have been visited in Louisiana. The Ancient Louisiana World Tour began in 2016 and aims to complement the Louisiana World Tour by honoring the natural landscape and those who came before us. Follow the blog for more exciting adventures!
I'm starting the next phase of the World Tour in Venice, Louisiana. I've taken a few Venetian trips - the first was a couple of months ago when I did some 'test runs' in Venice and Algiers. I drove down back when I was in the what camera?? what film?? phase. I enjoyed the sights, got much inspiration, but I didn't like my photos. I resolved to come back and shoot again. This works out well, as I am in awe of the Road to End of The World, often stopping to photograph and take in the view.
It's a quirky little drive, which is another reason why I keep going back. I like the vastness of small towns, but going down to Venice, the vastness isn't land, it's water, and its presence always felt. I'm always grateful to be on the little patch of land that holds the highway.
Naturally, this is the Nattie Concepts World Tour, so there must be some life lesson or spiritual epiphany I unknowingly encounter. Well, I did have some sort of epiphany. And that is - I lie. A lot. hahaha. For all of my talk of carefree travels with no preconceptions, you would think that it was true - ha! - But its not. What was so 'wrong' about my first photos that I felt I had to keep returning to get it 'right'? I can only conclude that I must have been secretly hoping that I'd stumble across a pair of gondolas on the Mighty Mississippi or something....
When I went back for my second trip, I drove to the end of the highway.
I had the option of turning right or left, but the street was flooded due to recent heavy rains. My poor little car gets flooded enough on my block and I just wasn't feeling up to chancing it. So I concentrated on the highway, which is all I had ever known of Venice
But the third time, the street was dry. I turned right and this is what I saw: (insert dramatic ending here)
I didn't need the gondola after all. Venice, Louisiana can hold its own. It's absolutely gorgeous. My first thought, though, was that I should, once again, go back. Thanks to all my lollygagging on the highway, I reached the End of the World in midday light, I can only imagine how beautiful it must look at sunset. So it turns out, to get what I truly wanted, all I had to do was drive a little further down the road. As I left this little swampy marshy haven, Venice offered some words of wisdom and caution for my new found must-stop-lying-to-self truth:
Ah, the true and honest life, thankfully there are pretty sights along the way...
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