put aside your gadgets and just think with your mind
It started Friday night. I left Atlanta for a week of vacation and self-imposed radio silence, flew across the country on a plane without wifi. Since then, I’ve made a deliberate effort to be out of touch. Not completely (that’s too hard, for those of you that know and appreciate my uberconnectedness), but enough to lose myself in the moment.
Bruce Mau says in Dinosaur Babies that sometimes you just need to put aside your gadgets. We tend to tie our productivity to our technology - just think what happens in the world when gmail goes down - but creativity is not device dependent. And periods of radio silence, times that bring us back in tune with the world around us, are invaluable.
I’ve spent the week hiking in Hollywood, surfing in Santa Monica, shopping in Beverly Hills, and wandering through Washington state. Tonight, my phone died for a few glorious hours, and all I had to get me through the evening was my camera. No notepad, no Macbook, no background music to accentuate the day’s events. Holding on to nothing, but coming away with so much.
And it was glorious.
Surfing in Santa Monica. That’s actually me.
Biking the Strand in Venice Beach.
A light that can reach it all.
Sunset in a city that I’m in love with.