Monday, February 11, 2013

Bosphorus Sunset

I had a lovely lazy Sunday - a sleep in, spent some time showing a new team mate the neighborhood and then tea in the afternoon with another friend. In between I did a little walking in the rain - it was cold, but so nice to be out and away from the office, a rare treat these days.

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I didn't quite manage to get out and see anything new in Istanbul this week, but I did spent some time processing these photos I took of the Bosphorus around sunset a while back. The warm light makes it seem so warm, but in reality it was a bit chilly out in the water. It made me stop and think about how often I look at pictures in Instagram, blogs, etc and make an assumption about someone or their life. At times I see like the warm light in their photos and assume their life is so much brighter or better than mine. But if I really stop and think logically, I suspect more often than not, there are problems just like I have lurking behind those shiny photos and reality is a bit chillier than it might first appear.

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A a reminder to myself that my happiness or satisfaction shouldn't be judged next to my perceptions of someone else's happiness or satisfaction.

"Sometimes I can't keep it together, but I'm never going to give up."
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11 comments:

Nicole said...

Very true!! Pretty pics

Cindy said...

your last sentence is spot on, but i'm also afflicted with comparitis from time to time and then remember that nobody has a perfect life. nobody.

Pierre BOYER said...

Lovely first picture...

Pierre

blue elephant photography said...

love this peaceful feeling that these photos give. the feeling of just unwinding and not caring. i'm sorry i haven't dropped by in awhile but i'm glad i did today and do some catching up. i feel like i needed to be somewhere and your blog definitely does that :) i miss you!
~ kristine

tinajo said...

The first pic is so dramatic!

Joanne said...

beautiful pictures and good thoughts. You take such great photos, I enjoyed looking at the ones on sunday.

Susan said...

I love these Jamie. The light is so moody. I didn't get a sense of the wind until the last shot-and your chilly comment makes sense.
I think you're right about how we perceive other's lives thru their images and what they write. So often on blogs you'd be inclined to think that a person's life is pure magic and perfection, happiness and celebration. I do believe when I write and post I try not to give that false portrayal, but maybe it comes across that way to others. Who knows. I suppose what we write or post is "about us" to us, and "about them" to whoever reads and looks.
Or maybe I'm just totally full or crap. But I'm lovable.
Happy day to you.

Rosie Grey said...

Wonderful words and gorgeous photos, Jamie!

Karen said...

Beautiful photos (especially the first one) and wise words as well.

Valeria said...

I am back and so glad to be able to travel with you again. Lovely images.

iris said...

Facebook and other social media definitely has an effect that you're mentioning...people are socially pressured to practically brag about the happy moments in their life, making the not-so-happy moments appear to not exist. If you keep telling yourself this, you'll believe it...or at least that's what I've found :)

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