In November 2015 the American Association of Gerontology engaged me to document their 48th International conference at the Alice Springs Convention Center.
I really enjoyed covering this event. Something about the laid back attitude everyone (including the conference delegates) seems to have in Central America just makes everything seem easy and effortless. After losing my Grandfather only a few weeks before the event, and with my Grandmother suffering dementia and in full-time care, I found much of the conference’s content on aging, end of life care and dementia directly relatable.
It was a great experience for me. The people were really cooperative as well as excited to get their best candid moments turned into reel ones.
Perhaps subconsciously inspired by Claude Monet’s series of impressionist water lily paintings, I caught the sunset sky reflected in a beaver pond along Duck Brook Pond in Acadia National Park in Maine. I liked the combination of abstract qualities with a touch of the literal found in the lily pads and reeds. Getting the right amount of balance and spacing of literal elements within the image frame was key. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/125 second @ f/16, ISO 500.