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Running to the Sea

"Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time."- H. P. Lovecraft

© 2015 Joey Phoenix Photography
© 2015 Joey Phoenix Photography

Again and again I find myself drawn to the water. Throughout my life there's never been a time where I've felt truly at home unless the ocean was nearby. For me, the ebb and flow of the tides are synonymous with dreams, with hope, with restoration.

I met Meaghan Elizabeth through members of the Faerie Tribe in Salem, MA, although she actually lives in Portland, ME. My wanderlust ever present, I drove up to Maine to photograph her on Cape Elizabeth, and, more honestly, to spend time with a newly discovered kindred spirit. She's one of those people who is absolutely free and vibrant and alive. Just being in the same space with her for a short time will make you become more aware of the goodness of the world.

Despite her joyful demeanor, she's actually been through a bit of a rough patch recently...and when we were discussing the concept – how the ocean helps us recover from a sense of loss and isolation – she suggested that we integrate a message in a bottle. From that suggestion on, the preparation and shoot itself became sort of a ritual, a meditation on letting go. I also have had some stuff building up in the back of my mind, and this short trip and practice sounded like the very thing I needed to reset the miasma of my mind and return to center.

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Here are some of my favorite images from the day. To see them in Hi-Res (which you should) go HERE.

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The ocean doesn't want me today But I'll be back tomorrow to playAnd the strangels will take meDown deep in their brineThe mischievous braingelsDown into the endless blue wineI'll open my head and let outAll of my timeI'd love to go drowningAnd to stay and to stayBut the ocean doesn't want me todayI'll go in up to hereIt can't possibly hurtAll they will find is my beerAnd my shirtA rip tide is ragingAnd the life guard is awayBut the ocean doesn't want me todayThe ocean doesn't want me today. 

-Tom Waits

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And now I will leave  you with Röyksopp, because this track has been wandering through my mind during this entire process.

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