During our recent vacation in St. Michaels, I had planned on visiting the nearby town of Cambridge, Maryland to take some photos. And since morning light is the best light for photography, I kept setting my alarm each night only to turn it off at 5am the next morning. I am definitely not a morning person. Finally, I woke up with the alarm near the end of our vacation and hopped in the car for the 30 minute drive to Cambridge. Driving is such a luxury to me since we moved to the city, that I really enjoyed being alone in a car with the radio blasting to some cheesy oldies station. I was wide awake and ready to take some photos.
I had only been to Cambridge once before with my father-in-law, but something about this small town that may have seen better days resonated with me. I think it reminded me of the small Midwestern town I grew up in. I only had two hours to take pictures, so I parked the car in an empty lot right in the center of town, and headed out with my Hasselblad.
On the way back to St. Michaels, I couldn’t help taking advantage of my newfound freedom of driving a car. I kept seeing things on the side of the road that would make a good photograph, so I finally stopped at one spot to take these pictures.
In the city, I always have time to scout out what I want to photograph. This time, I only knew that Cambridge appealed to me and I had a few hours to explore. Regardless, this was probably the most fun I’ve had with a camera in some time. I know I don’t have the time or funding for it, but I would love to just hop in a car and drive from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains only stopping in early morning or evening to take photos in small towns across the US. I can feel a theme developing, but time and money always remind you of why you can’t do something. Maybe one day…