It’s great to be home, home being the United States, with family and with friends. Every year we spend overseas, the more a trip home means to us. You’d think that after ten years living abroad that we’d get used to being away, but we don’t and I can’t image we ever will.
Trips back to the states never change. There’s a big part of us that just wants to fly home drive to our house and put up camp for five or six weeks, but that never happens, and it always turns out that we are glad it never happens.
This year we decided to spend the first week home visiting our family in the mid-west followed up by a gathering of close friends in Palm Springs. This was a new place for us. Our first thoughts were of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and low slung, angular, mid-century homes with driveways full of Cadillacs and old Thunderbirds.
Palms Springs was exactly that, a city that’s stuck in the 60’s and I would not change a single thing. This is a cool place with great style. As a photographer there are several directions to take.
For the street photographer the mix of local residents and tourist give you plenty of opportunities to catch a lensfull of interesting characters/subjects. Still life photographers are in for a special treat especially if you are interested in mid-century architecture. The area is filled with countless homes and building designed by some of the greatest architects around. For the landscape photographer you will be treated to a harsh desert landscape filled with little more than a few scattered trees and desert bushes. It is unfortunate, but I did not make it out into the desert. I won’t make this mistake twice.
I’m already looking forward to a return visit to Palm Springs.