January 1, 2020 NFT

The Foreshadowing

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NFT offered on Foundation by FotoChad.

As the sun sets on January 1, 2020, the sky seems to foreshadow the year to come. Some, however, are so distracted and self-consumed that they miss what’s happening above and beyond themselves. Stay awake to the world around you. Be ready for what’s to come.

This is the story of my #NFT ‘January 1, 2020’

It was January 1, 2020 and we decided to go for a hike in Topanga Canyon. It was nearing sunset and most people were heading back to their cars. Some were still hanging out for the sunset though. Was a cool evening and nothing out of the ordinary other than it being Jan 1.

Brought my camera along as usual and took the typical shot of our son, couple sitting in the grass, sun setting, and so on…

After the sun set though and we started heading back, the sky began to get more and more red… unusually red!

The three of us (well, four if you count the dog) were all mesmerized at the unusual sight. Most were enraptured by it as well except for a person on the edge of the cliff who was more interested in their phone (probably minting NFT’s)
That is the picture and subject of this NFT listing. I was struck how a person could miss the awe of the moment which soon dissipated and we began heading back to our car.

Over the course of 2020 though, this moment, and hence the photograph of it, has come to take on additional substance and weight. I see it as if it were a foreshadowing of the year that was to come, the troubled sky on January 1, 2020 warning us of the trouble ahead.

Then the person not noticing the sky and being swept into their own reality even as many in 2020 were swept into alternate realities while all around us the realities of COVID, racism, caste systems, and political tyrants raged and exposed themselves.

And personally it has been a year of trauma for many. Lost loved ones, strained family relationships, and broken friendships. This photograph is a story that the signs were there for those who could see them…

But more importantly it is a reminder to stay awake, stay observant, and stay vigilant in awareness and actions… facing the realities around us, not getting distracted, and dealing wisely with the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Much love, Chad


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