My final post of the year is about rest.
As mentioned in my previous story, in 2017 I spent the year abroad. Being confined to the borders of a military base meant I couldn’t do much with the little free time I had, which meant I spent most of it… sleeping. And that year, I got some of the most consistent long nights of sleep in a very long time — something like 9 hours several nights a week. And realizing that’s not abnormal — that’s how I should be resting — in 2018, I worked really hard to keep up that level of rest. On both weekends and weekdays, I tried to make it a habit to give myself that extra hour or even few minutes. I put my phone down sooner, went to bed earlier. I wasn’t successful every day, but it’s been a learning curve, and I like where I’m at on the arc of progress.
In a year of unpredictable moments, one thing that helped me embrace the slow life most was my entry into film photography. My friend Stephen Chong handed me a film camera on a “just borrow it for a long time” basis, and I quickly fell in love with the process of shooting and processing film. A limited number of frames forced me to think carefully about every shot. Days or weeks of waiting to see the result forced me to become more patient. This trickled down into my day-to-day life.
This set of photos combines those lessons about taking your time and letting yourself rest with my newfound love of film. A staycation is perhaps one of the ultimate means of relaxation. A quiet morning. Breakfast in bed. Nowhere to be until checkout. I headed to the Line Hotel in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC with my friend Alex Hula to tell a story of resting, being in no hurry, and enjoying life in slow mo.
I hope you enjoy.
All of the above images were shot on location in Washington DC on October 8th, 2018.
The hotel scenes were shot inside The Line Hotel in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.
Images were shot on film using a Nikon fm2.
this write up was edited by Diana Elbasha.