I don’t have a choice but to like where I am so I might as well know where I am.
Making this photograph, I was standing next to the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, designed by I. M. Pei in 1969, at twilight. I was failing to photograph a massive thunderhead whose side was lit up fluorescent pink by the setting sun. The sculpture is Henry Moore’s Large Arch. Across from it is the First Christian Church, which was the first contemporary building in Columbus, Indiana. It was designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1949. (Eliel’s son Eero eventually designed Columbus’ North Christian Church and the St. Louis Arch). Columbus has a history of employing contemporary architects to design its public buildings.
I am in Columbus, Indiana, where my parents moved last summer. It’s strange to move in with your parents in your mid-twenties, though from the number of friends I have living at home, it’s becoming a rite of passage for our generation. It’s strange to return from living overseas. It’s strange for this bonafide City Girl to live in a small town.
I need consistency, so I’ll continue to blog. Religiously, I photographed and posted on Fish Sauce, Motorbikes and the Golden Tortoise throughout the last year in Hanoi. I never want to use a blog to complain–you probably don’t want to hear about my angst–so it helped me focus on the positive side of living in Hanoi. The blog helped me keep my eyes peeled for beauty in that chaotic, challenging city, and it reminded me constantly that I was lucky to be in a place where everything was so different that I learned 10 new things a second.
As I was saying, I need consistency. So, I’ll continue to blog as I deal with the reverse culture shock of settling back into an American rhythm; watch the presidential election drama unfold from inside the country for the first time since I’ve been able to vote; find a job and apply to graduate school; and plan my next move abroad.
My hopes for this blog is the same as for the previous one: To document this chapter; to have a space for my photography to improve; to remind myself to see the positive side of living in Columbus, where the people are friendly and the architecture is beautiful.