Summer songs: crackling fire, cicadas, Zeke howling at the coming night.
Leather bound editions of 'The Hobbit' and the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy c/o @caitkovac for my 31st birthday.
In January of 2013, I had the opportunity to meet a photographer whose work I loved. At the time, I was living in California, but had been sent to Georgia for a month on business. I was following an Atlanta photographer, Cait Kovac on Tumblr, and loved her eye for the Southern landscape. On a lark, we met up in Atlanta and again in Augusta and spent two afternoons photographing abandoned places and religious iconography. I serendipitously took the photograph above during our first photo adventure in Augusta. I think it perfectly captures who Cait Kovac is - adventurous and wild. We stayed in touch over email and Instagram, popping in to say hello and support each other’s photographic projects.
In the intervening four years, our separate lives had ups and downs, new beginnings and tragic endings. Cait moved from Georgia to California. I moved from California to Georgia. Our paths crossed occasionally, and when we met up for a week in June of 2015, we spent afternoons roaming swamps and chasing alligators and exploring abandoned churches. Then off she went on her next adventure.
Cait was my rock through a painful divorce, sending me coffee and books to keep me sane. When Cait’s own relationship came to an end, I offered her a spare bedroom if she needed one. A few months later, Cait and her two dogs showed up in my driveway after four days on the road from California.
Since then, we have stood by each other through hardships and joys, always standing tall on the other side… hand in hand. Over time, our friendship became something more, something defined by tenderness and wonder and curiosity. My friend had become my lover, my confidant, my muse.
On June 12th of 2017, I married my best friend. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.