A Brief Ljubljana Photo Walk (No Smoking, Five Years On)
This week marked the five year anniversary since I quit smoking. Maybe it was last week, but no matter.
I smoked a lot for a long time, upwards of two packs a day for several years. The only thing that was somewhat consistent in my life for those 27 years was an ever-present cigarette. They were a big part of what and who I was. Earlier attempts to quit were snuffed out when depression set in. Being without a cigarette would feel as though my best friend had died.
When I made the decision to quit five years ago this month, I did two things to curb the cravings: one was to jump on my bike and ride for an hour or two. The other was to walk around and take lots of pictures.
This video was the result of the latter, just under four minutes comprised of 1200+ images, mostly photo motions, shot in and through the Ljubljana fog from 15-20 November 2011. Many, like the shot above, were snapped in the Slovenian capital’s central and sprawling Tivoli Park.
The first thing I noticed when watching this again tonight was how much many parts of Ljubljana’s city center have changed. Another was how much of the graffiti that I didn’t care for then is still covering the same walls.
I posted this video here soon after these images were shot five years ago, but given the landmark anniversary and the fact that I’ve apparently had timed added for good behavior, please allow me this small indulgence to post it again. Thanks.