My 8 photos of happiness
I was tagged by the lovely Holly to share my 8 photos of happiness.
Happiness is something I have struggled with throughout my life so far, after battling depression in about three bouts during the last ten years. I’m really glad that Holly tagged me in this because I think it’s a beautiful idea and its given me a chance to look back over some old photos and realise that there have been some beautiful moments in my life.
Tulip Festival, 2012
A very old photo. I think this was one of my favourite photos that I took at the time. I went to the tulip festival and just got my first DSLR. This photo ended up being the cover of my EP Transience. I’m not such a fan of my music now, and I don’t play or write anymore (hence why I am not promoting the link to it, but you will find it linked in my old posts!).
I like the photo because it reminded me of a time when I was experimenting with music, very happy with it, and really getting immersed in my hobby.
I visited Japan at the end of 2013. I’d just lost my job, and things were on a low, but I had looked forward to this trip. I was in my last relationship at the time. We went to Gujo because we wanted to visit the original warehouse where the famous plastic food was made. We got to make our own plastic food items, but what blew me away was the serenity and peacefulness of this rural town. I think the snow might have added to the bias, but Gujo does hold a special place in my heart. The Gujo-Hachiman castle we visited was also a beauty, and there was something so quaint and beautiful about it all.
This is my favourite photo that I took on this trip and I look at it all the time and just get lost in its beauty.
Holly’s own post had a photo from her graduation and I can only think the same when I graduated. My parents were very proud of me and I almost cried because I was really touched by them saying that – I didn’t hear it often even though I knew they were proud. Brandon came all the way from university to make sure he made it. 🙂
I was also proud of myself, this photo being of my graduation from my Masters degree. I endured a lot through the two years of doing that degree, and it was a different story compared to my Bachelors. It was a huge struggle especially in the last semester, but my classmates put my personal issues aside and were glad to reunite a few months after we finished classes.
Groovin the Moo Festival, 2014
This was a hit. I had been photographing concerts for two or so years, and this was my first big gig. A festival. My first GTM festival and the first festival I was photographing. I had to trek all the way there, which took three hours by train. It was well worth it. I had a few hiccups with not having enough memory cards and just feeling flat out tired… but this is possibly my favourite shot.
I had this photo as my work desktop wallpaper for a while and bragged about it. It’s Luke Henery, bassist of grunge rock band Violent Soho. The shot of the hair, the fact that it’s in a perfect round shape and you can’t see his face – I was just wickedly proud of it.
Melbourne Cup, 2014
Nick and I weren’t together yet, but we were good friends. We liked the idea of dressing up for Melbourne Cup day so we both wore red. This is one of our favourite photos. 😄
I drove all the way to Wollongong to see Hey Geronimo. It was a two hour drive and way out of town, but I drove with my own car. I had seen the band just the day before, in Sydney, but for some reason I felt some crazy need to see them again in a rural town. I invited them to check out my car, which has the plate LZRGUN named after their song Lazer Gun Show. They loved it and thought it was awesome, and of course they all wanted a photo with it.
Hey Geronimo is my favourite band and of course my blog is named after them (which my mum only realised the other day). I feel like a lot of my life revolves around them, but in a non-creepy way. 😇 I’m more of a friend than a fan now.
Festival of Steam, 2015
I took Nick to the Festival of Steam because he loves steam trains. It was originally a surprise but he guessed it the day before – with me having given enough clues! I think he was thrilled. He took his camera and took this photo of me.
Hamilton Island, 2015
This was Nick’s and my first sort of getaway, the first time we went on a plane together and spent more than just a couple nights away and on our own. This was the first time I went jet-skiing and it was ridiculous. I mean, ridiculously amazing. I was almost scared at first but once I caught my breath I realised how exhilarating it was even though my butt was hurting from bouncing on the waves. Nick was good at driving the jet ski and I just clung onto him for dear life.
When I warmed up to it I found myself squealing with delight and shouting ‘WOOHOOOO!’ at the top of my lungs. The wind was blowing madly in my face and honestly, I think it just made my heart pound like mad because I felt this awesome rush of ‘I am so in love [with this guy driving this jet ski]’, too.
Who is next?
I pick the following people to do this, but anyone else can. If you do, share yours with me! 🙂
- Thank your nominator/s and link them in your post.
- Link the creator (Ariel).
- Post your 8 photos of happiness.
- The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy.
- Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it or let the photos do the talking.
- Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers.