The best picture I have probably ever taken

I took this picture in 2012 and it remains one of the best I have ever taken.

I was going through a horrible breakup when my parents (in their infinite wisdom) whisked me away on a much needed holiday to Canada.

We were in Kelowna when I took this picture.

I’m not one for waxing lyrical about arty farty composition (etc) but this snapshot of a beautiful vineyard landscape really struck me.

Standing on that shore, looking at those empty chairs made me think a lot about mortality and life and companionship. About abandonment and fear. Serenity and loneliness. It made me happy, hopeful and crushingly, achingly sad all at the same time. It made me wonder about my life and worry. It forced me to come to terms with apologies I had never received and people I would never meet. Questions that would forever go unanswered and secrets that we all keep hidden from view.

I took this picture because looking at it never ceases to fascinate me.

And it has remained very personal.

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