I took this self-portrait last week at Grunewald Forest in Berlin, Germany. It was a crisp autumn morning, the kind where it seemed like your breath froze when you exhaled.
At this point, I had been traveling around Europe for two weeks and was delighted to see blue in the sky for only the second time in 15 days. When I snapped this picture, I had no idea how beautiful the finished product would be; the sun beaming down through the trees, illuminating the forst floor and myself. It’s actually an image that has not been retouched or manipulated; what you’re looking at is the actual photograph.
The picture immediately reminded me of a Coldplay song called “U.F.O.” where Chris Martin sings:
“Lord, I don’t know which way I am going / which way the river gonna flow / it just seems that upstream I keep rowing / Still got such a long way to / Still got such a long way / then that light / hits your eyes / I know, I know swear / we’ll find somewhere / the streets are paved of gold / bullets fly / split the sky / but that’s all right / sometimes sunlight / comes streaming through the holes.”