As I drove along a long and winding road towards a location that I'd never been to before, to both my left and right, I saw majestic views of both Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. In what was an otherwise overcast day in the valley, from the vantage point where I was at, above everything were these two towering skyscrapers of rock and earth. The road was narrow, unpaved, and filled with rocks that weren't easily navigable. What lay ahead was only something that I'd been told about, but if it were as described, my ever adventurous spirit would be fulfilled. We'd crossed into reservation land and there was no way to turn around on this road if we wanted to. The destination was our only option.
In the distance, the building appeared, the roof only slightly visible through gaps in the rolling hills ahead. I'd been told about this location only moments before, by one of the friends who accompanied me on this shoot. Without hesitation, the idea of an abandoned warehouse, in the middle of (seemingly) nowhere, covered in graffiti was more than I could pass up. As the four of us approached this location, it was as described and then some. The aforementioned views of the mountains spanned the horizon beautifully. The interior was colorful and lit by the high daytime sun, allowing for some pretty magnificent light filtering through the empty door and window frames.
For as difficult as the drive itself was, the perseverance to reach the end was worth it. I'm feeling a lot like that is a metaphor for my own life and even that of some of my friends right now. From 10 day cleanses, to prayer requests that I've been given by others, the journey itself is not easy for so many of us. It's what we set as our goals that makes the seemingly impassable roads something worth striving for. As I finished this shoot and we headed back to roads that were a little easier to drive on, I had this undeniable sense of calm, as if even in that desolate landscape, I was being taught a lesson. If you want something, keep going. Look up every so often and appreciate the majestic nature that dots your journey. Hurdle the boulders that get in your way and if you have to change a tire along the way, do it. Don't get discouraged because you can't always see the end result. I'm finding my faith more and more each day through a continual communication with God that I've got to work really hard to keep up. But this time, I know there's no turning back. The end is worth the beginning. #UntilWeMeetAgain Project Day 31.
Thanks to Hanna, Brooklyn and Chloe for the location, the shoot, and the assistance. Hanna asked me a week ago to help her with a project that she's creating for the 4 year anniversary of her and her boyfriend, which is pretty awesome. Brooklyn, her friend has accompanied us on both shoots and today, we had the assistance of her boyfriends sister Chloe, who knew of this location and helped navigate us to it. It takes a village to do a photo shoot, but that's how it's gotta be done! Song inspiration by one of my favorites, For King & Country, "No Turning Back".