Home Field Advantage

2019 has been the year of the road trip for me. I’ve already done a year’s worth of driving and it’s not even April yet.

I have more trips planned for April and May and I haven’t even started thinking about summer yet. I have a few new places on my wishlist including Vermont and Quebec.

Today I put in nine hours driving from Missouri to Alabama via Tennessee and Mississippi. I don’t want to say that it was effortless or inconsequential. There’s a bit of work involved in a 500-mile trip, but it’s a labor of love.

There’s never a shortage of things to see and photograph along the way.

Despite my affinity for travel, it’s sometimes nice to close my office laptop and light out for a local photo session on foot.

This session took place at a quiet park that’s just a 20-minute walk from my front door. Hoofing it to the location put me in a different state of observation.

Road trips, if I’m lucky, are always about seeing a new place for the first time. That’s my favorite kind of discovery. Local trips on foot involve observing a familiar place for the nine-hundredth time. This kind of exploration has its own merits.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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