I was stood by the side of the stage, watching my boyfriend and his band mates play. We were in Chicago, the place Luke and I first met 2 years ago. “Now I’d like everyone to put their hands together for me” michael shouted as the audience screamed and clapped along to him, I’d attended plenty of their shows over the past couple years but they never failed to impress me. “Our friend Luke would like to invite a special someone on stage” Calum shouted, patting Luke on the shoulder and grabbing the guitar off of him. Luke walked straight for me and I shook my head rapidly at him, he knew I had terrible stage fright. He grabbed my hand and leaned into me “trust me baby” he said as he pulled me on stage. “No-no” I started before the audience opened out infront of my, I was wide eyed and staring as he lead me to the centre of the stage.
"Oh my god I think I’m dying" I muttered and the audience laughed, I had spoken into a mic by accident. Luke sat me down on a little stool.
“So this is Y/N, I’m sure you all know her” Luke said and the audience cheered loudly. “And 2 years ago she changed my life” he said and they awed. “Now I’m going to sing her a little song, it was the first song I wrote for her” he said, I could feel the tears swelling in my eyes “I love you” I said, pecking his cheek. He started strumming long way home and I smiled broadly at him, remembering the first time he played it to me. All the boys joined in for the chorus and I couldn’t stop myself from dancing along, smiling over at Luke, my adorable little dork.
For the last chorus, all the boys stopped singing and luke approached me, pulling me up from the seat. As he started singing, no music In the background, the audience was practically silent.
His voice filled my head as he sank down infront of me. Down on one knee. I shook my head, covering my mouth with my hands as he pulled out a little box. He finished singing, looked up at me smiling and flicked open the little box.
“Y/N, will you marry me?” He said, the audience went wild and I couldn’t stop my tears as I nodded frantically, giving him my hand. He slid the ring on, a large diamond, and stood up beside me. I jumped and wrapped my legs around his waist, kissing him and smiling, barely noticing the flashes and screaming around us. “I love you Luke Hemmings” I mumbled, he put me down on my feet, an arm wrapped around my waist and looked into the audience. “She said yes!” He shouted, punching the air with his spare arm and I laughed, unable to contain my happiness.
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Here a massive 40-50 foot (12 - 15 meter) boulder (the size of a small house) broke away from a Shinarump (hill) formation at the top of a cliff, rolled down and then came to rest on the softer Moenkopi formation at the bottom of the cliff. Over time, the softer dirt /rock erodes (rain, wind…) away leaving a soft pedestal on which the harder rock rests and ironically seems to defy gravity!
For those interested, I have moved to the great and awesome Southwest now and am happier than I have been in many years leading nearly back to back photography workshops year round and doing my own personal shooting. I literally live out of my rig and am now seeing, experiencing and photographing landscape 365 days a year, with the exception of the times I take a break to visit friends and family.
I am becoming friends with the native Navajo and may even find a small trailer or Hogan to live in during a few harsh winter months. As my life has sprinted directly away from complexity and the typical American rat race, I have become more and more at peace. I may never leave.
I had a very lucrative offer come my way the other day to lead international workshops and become some big photographic yahoo. I immediately, quickly and flatly turned it down. The person was surprised and asked me why? I told them because I am already doing exactly what I want in life. I am after simpler, and less, not complex and more. Quality over quantity. Great light to you all and thank you for looking!
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