Retrospection, Gratis : May ‘14
Ugh. Missed another month. I hate making this thing bi-monthly because it’s meant to be true to the experience of that current time. Since May, I’ve visited six countries and two states. I’ve lost touch with certain friends and strengthened new relationships. I’ve picked up interests and gained perspective. I’ve also lost a phone and wallet. There’s too much to really fit into a single retrospective. Because of this, I’m going to split up May and June, and will post next week about the trip.
I only have a few words for May since it’s hard to recall. I didn’t take that many photographs. I was busy working, preparing for my trip and the summer video job I’m doing for the NBA. I spent my free time with my friends, with more drinks in my hands than cameras. I’m not complaining. This was the most complacent I’ve felt since moving here. It was a lovely month where the cold finally left and New York started showing it’s green. I remember not wanting to leave New York when I boarded my plane for Qatar.
This was my last month living with my roommate, Nik, who was one of the people that indirectly recruited me to Brooklyn. We spent last summer teaching at Amherst together and he’s reprised that role along with a full-time spot at Duke in the fall. All will work out for him, as he’s one for “clear eyes, full hearts.”
His departure does make me question the longevity of a situation like living in New York. There’s a consistent thrill to it that feels ephemeral, like your apartment is an extended-stay hotel that you pay overpriced rent for. While I know plenty of people with solid jobs here, it almost as if everyone’s in a temporary living situation, whether that be with their apartment, relationship, project, etc. It’s not exactly “home,” but there’s no other place we’d prefer to be. I’m adapted to regular changing of scenery at this point, and I think I’ll remain okay with it for a long time. I only hope the same for those I care about in this city and miss in others.
Pictured here: a guy at Capricious gallery, lovers at Bushwick Inlet Park, Molly’s hand and Kait at McKarren, a guy at the downstairs bodega and the new kitten. Last shot is of my parents at Wadi Rum- a little preview into the trip.