January 1, 2020 NFT
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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.
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!
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…