Photo of the Month - July 2017
Has it been a month already since the inaugural post for the Photo of the Month series? Well, yes and no. It's been "about" a month, but it's not exactly a month, since it's not the last day of the month of July just yet. Usually, the aim is to get the post up on the last day, but I've got a touch of wifi that's actually decent right now in rural France, and I don't want to waste the opportunity. So, here we are ladies and gentlemen.
If you missed the first post which explained the premise of the series, it's rather simple. I'm showcasing one photo taken during the month that I think deserves a little time in the limelight. This was more or less a reaction to the fact that I've got tens of thousands of travel photos on the cloud and on dusty hard drives, most of which have never had their time in the sun. It also keeps things current, as it has to be something that was taken during the month, and it has to be something I haven't posted during that month on Instagram or otherwise.
This month, I have chosen to highlight a quiet moment in the small town of Ronda in Andalusia, Spain. Ronda is a rather touristy town by the standards of the rest of the area. Don't get me wrong, the views are simply outstanding, and it's worth the crowds, but you've got to make an effort to get away from the crowds.
And so that's what Bri and I did. We walked off the main street and down a street that we were sure led nowhere, which was exactly where we were headed. Towards the bottom of this steep and narrow, cobblestoned avenue there was a park on the left, and, would you believe it, there was barely a soul there. As the sun beat down on our shoulders with alarming intensity, the shade of the trees looked like perfection. I had to pinch myself just to ensure it wasn't a mirage.
We sat down on a bench and felt breeze on our face for what seemed like the first time in decades, and that's when I spotted him.
Despite the alluring sanctuary of the park, this man stood fully out in the sun on a stone terrace that looked out as far as the eye could see. I got the sense that he wasn't looking at the hills, like you or I would, but rather beyond the hills. While I fretted over my internal body temperature, he stood there without giving any agency to the power of the sun, and I felt like, in that moment, he was indeed more powerful, more focused, than earth's brightest star.
If I could have only spoken to him, if only we spoke the same language, I'm quite sure I could have learned something. Though, perhaps this photos has a certain teaching value in and of itself.
What do you think about this month's selection for "The Photo of the Month?" Have you been to Ronda? Have you been to Spain? Are you, like myself, interested in photography? Any comments on this month's or last month's selection for "Photo of the Month" are welcomed. And, as always, if you do decide to leave a comment, you can be sure I'll personally get back to you.