Sometimes the journey is the best part

Ruapehu dawn. Road-trip with the boy-child. Shot of young man photographing morning mist shrouding Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. Su Leslie, 2017

Ruapehu dawn. Road-trip with the boy-child. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

“The journey not the arrival matters”
– T.S. Eliot

Eliot’s words are particularly true when the journey is made in good company. This shot was taken last year when the boy-child and I were on a road-trip to visit family in Whanganui. A-typically for a teenager (but typical of the photographer that he is), he insisted on an extremely early start so that we could experience sunrise on the Desert Road.

Posted to Debbie’s weekly quotation-inspired challenge, at Travel with Intent.

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32 thoughts on “Sometimes the journey is the best part

  1. As stunning as the boy-childs´shot surely is – and I know for a fact that it can´t be anything else 😉 – yours simply tops it with its perfect catch of a moment in time and a breathtaking background as well. 🙂 Totally love it! xxxxxxxx

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    • Thank you soooo much. It is a shot I will always love because I remember his excitement and joy at being in such a beautiful place with a camera in his hand 😂 BTW: I’ve just been to the movies with him and we saw a Danish film called (in English) “The Guilty”. It was brilliant (if a little bleak). If you get a chance to see it (and you like pared-back noir-ish thrillers), I definitely recommend it.

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      • I will definitely look out for “The Guilty”! I happen to have a soft spot for films like these. 😉 Thank you for pointing it out to me! We have a couple of very retro-style little cinemas here that specialize on non-mainstream films and it´s been too long anyway that I was in a cinema! xxxxxxx

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      • We were saying the same thing. Our film festival is on at the moment and there was a time when I would go from cinema to cinema watching several films a day during the festival. These days, I hardly ever watch anything unless it’s on Netflix 😕 But I’m glad the boy suggested The Guilty. It is a wonderful example of how great acting and a well-written script will triumph over big-budget block-busters, even when The Guilty’s budget was probably not enough to pay for the crew’s coffee on the big Hollywood films.

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