A few of my friends (Bunny, Judy, and Sandy) from my “Creative Saturday” group and I went to Memphis back in June to “Burn some Sh*t,” pardon my French. What we really wanted to do was have a ceremony to celebrate saying “goodbye” to old habits, memories, papers, whatever, that we no longer wanted in our lives.
Bunny’s brother had great space where we could have a bonfire and burn to our heart’s content. Wow – I just realized as I’m writing this that I don’t have any pictures of the actual bonfire itself! I think we were all so “in the moment” that we weren’t thinking about documenting the experience… we were just concentrating on honoring our own letting go, and honoring our friends’ release as well.
We DID take some pictures while we were there – and Bunny’s brother just shook his head and looked perplexed when we asked to go to a nearby cemetery. And when we were finished with lunch on Beale Street, we all walked out and immediately took off in different directions to shoot pictures. And Bob was left standing there wondering why his sister was hanging around with these apparently crazy women. We’re going to make a photo book for him and his wife, Deb, so they can see some of the things we were shooting – and to thank them for their hospitality and all of the wonderful BBQ they sent back with us!
Here are some of the pics I shot. I was kind of “off,” but I had a blast anyway!
Colorful chairs… I saw Sandy shooting these, too, when I was wandering down the street looking into windows.
Just so Beale Street.
I love reflections. And there were wonderful storefronts with interesting things inside, and out. I like that this kind of looks like there’s a lady walking by in a white dress like you’d see in the 60’s. Makes it look older to me.
It was a HOT day, so the streets weren’t too crowded, but there was music playing in little tucked away places everywhere. Hmmm. I think I have a picture of that somewhere.
More storefront reflections. Oh, and there are those colorful chairs across the street. At one point I was trying to take a different picture, but there was someone over there taking pictures of the chairs. “Come on. Hurry up and get out of my picture.” Oh wait. That’s my friend, Sandy.
I didn’t get any shots I really loved of the cemetery. Again, could it be any hotter?!? So, I’m blaming that on the heat.
I did try to visualize some shots in B&W. But I just wasn’t feeling it.
It was a marvelous old cemetery – but while I was taking this picture, I actually heard a young couple being shown around to find THEIR burial plots. I hadn’t realize it was still an open cemetery. I hope they found a beautiful place.