Wednesday, May 20

the people by the sea








there is something so peaceful when you are by the sea.
K. asks " do you like the smell of the ocean" i am tempted to say no, the answer i have always given when asked that questions but today i say "yes i do, my mum love's it". these places remind me of my mum very much and my youth as it started to turn into adulthood. I came here long ago, the summer were it all began. i found myself answering an add to work by the sea and before i knew it at seventeen years of age, bags backed, borders crossed i found myself living on the coast, working and falling in love with ocean breezes and the simplicity of my new life. as the summer came to an end and my mum pulled out from the drive way of my summer house, it is then on the drive back through all the seacoast towns that we were not just mother and daughter, but two women each with their own experiences breathing in the same salty air.

12 comments:

in another lifetime said...

beautifully written Nadia!! this is wonderful.

trupeach said...

that last sentence, so huge in its sentiment, bowled me over.

(and, i love that little ice cream shop)

Chessa! said...

I just got the goosebumps reading this, dear nadia. I find the sea to be so inspiring...

Yoli said...

You know Nadia, I think a lot on how my children will perceive our lives. It is touching how it filtered through you as a child, this special time with your mother.

omami said...

The light looks different in these photos, lovely as always! I love the sea I'm going to Cape Cod this summer!

dia said...

I can still remember that drive back, you being so amazed at the fact that I could love that smell so much. It smelled so much like "home" to me so much like the mediterranien, so much like my youth. funny how it became a yearly ritual with the two of us. Thank you from these lovely memories.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

You are a wonderful writer and your story is so touching. Isn't it amazing when we finally realize that our mother is a person, not just 'Mum'?

Your photography is gorgeous, both in composition and in the subtle sepia feel.

Chris said...

Great shots. I really love those green shutters against the yellow wall.

cindy* said...

i love the light in these nadia, reminiscent of another time. lovely~

Aran said...

i love the smell of the ocean too. reminds me of my childhood. beautiful photos. love the rust-like and acqua colors that you have managed to capture in all of them. beautiful!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

these remind me of when i was little, little trips to new england towns..i'll always love the smell of any sea..they all smell different i think...? so glad you are bringing us with you...

Heather said...

we love woodmans! haven't been there in so long...i think it's time for a road trip...