Winters in Michigan are always tough, and this year has been hitting me harder than most. We had 11% sunshine this past month, and Grand Rapids hasn't had an actual clear sky day since November 13. The constant gloom has affected me more than I'd like to admit, but it's also made me desperate to create beauty, and I've been photographing more for personal pleasure than I do in the warm, colorful time of year - and for that, I'm grateful. It's been helping me to appreciate winter in a different way. It gives me the chance to seek out beauty where I would not naturally look for it; to make art on a canvas of grey which I would not ordinarily gravitate towards. This season is usually a slow time for photographers, so it offers the opportunity and freedom - and creative need - for personal projects, and to create just for the sake of creating without worrying about a paycheck.

So on one of those repetitively monochrome days last week, a fellow photographer friend and I wandered around a muddy field in the freezing cold and made art together. Sarah is such a sweet soul and the wonderfully talented photographer behind Rey Creations. It was refreshing and delightful, and I hope you enjoy these moody, sometimes funky photos as much as I enjoyed creating them.

 

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And, surprise! Here are a few photos that Sarah snapped of me.

 

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And, because I had too much fun making these double exposures and couldn't decide on just one:

 

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