Glenn Charles

AERIAL | TRAVEL | LIFE-STYLE

Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

Solo

I was working my way down the canal paths on my Salsa Fargo the other day in the small town of Bedforshire, when I stopped to watch the rowers coming down the river. There was a chill in the air as I stood by the water and took a couple of pictures of the tandems (or whatever rowers call them). While the images were ok, none seemed to capture the mood I was feeling.  I think often about this when photographing, because for me photography is such an emotional outlet.  I often find that I am trying to balance what I see with my eye with what I feel in my heart and soul.

On this evening the crisp images of rowers was just not cutting it.  Then, in the distance, I saw a single rower working his way down the river.  I knew instantly that I somehow wanted drama from an image where none existed.  I knew that I saw this as an abstract scene and that drama could be induced by slowing down the rower into a blur.  I dragged my shutter and slowly panned the camera as he went by, all the while trying to steady my arms so the blur came out somewhat clean and crisp.

I reviewed the images and knew that I had gotten what I wanted.  For me, I see many things in this image.  I see colors and I see solidarity.  I see hard work and independence.  I see the juxtaposition of fierce independence and a sense loneliness felt by all solo travelers.  As someone who has traveled long and far by myself, I felt a strong sense of connectedness with this one lone rower.

It was late in the evening and perhaps most of all I saw dedication, perseverance and commitment to a goal -- all traits that I greatly admire. As I move forward with my life, I still try and apply these principals to whatever I am attempting to achieve.  It does not matter that I may only be riding a bicycle or paddling a kayak or simply taking a photograph, these are all traits that can help move us down the path we follow each and every day.