Tag: flashback

  • Story: Wave Runners

    Everyone has a story of something they did once upon a time, which, in retrospect, was probably not a good idea. This is one such tale.

    Flashback to the 1990’s. At that time, I was splitting an apartment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a friend named Ralph, who also enjoyed outdoor challenges. As such, every now and then, when the weather turned foul, we’d telephone a wave report recording, which detailed conditions present on Lake Michigan.

    One stormy summer day, this report cited waves near Holland, Michigan, as high as 8-12 feet, including a stern recommendation to avoid coastal areas. Well, that was exactly what we were hoping to hear, and so quickly jumped into the car on a road trip to the south pier, demarcating the channel between Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. Thirty minutes later, we parked and continued our trek on foot through strong winds and rain, toward the pier.

    This was a big storm, as whitecap waves crashed up and down the beach, surging far inland along the coastline. As we approached, it became apparent that roughly 20% of the pier was engulfed in waves at any given moment. This observation should’ve served as an omen not to proceed…

    However, after an extensive discussion it was decided that, though obviously dangerous, our individual attributes of bravery, keen sense of observation and quick reactions, respectively, were sufficient to undertake the challenge: which was, to see who could traverse farthest along the pier?

    Note: digital cameras didn’t exist on the market at that time, but I’ve included a few photographs taken many years later, which show the coastal landscape and piers:

    Relative to the second image – which is actually an aspect of the other pier, to the north – the storm we faced was significantly stronger and with much larger waves. In point of fact, unlike the common and predictably wind-driven pattern of waves rolling in uniform rows, what we encountered was less organized and wild, with waves crashing from both the front and side directions.

    Painted blue, bollards were positioned along the length of each pier. Were the situation to present itself where either one of us was unable to elude an oncoming wave, my friend suggested that the best course of action was to drop down onto the pier and secure oneself by clutching on to a bollard for safety.

    And so began the challenge.

    This endeavor was as difficult as it was foolish, as waves broke across the pier at essentially random intervals, all the time of which my eyes were glued on the water. Movement entailed both quick footsteps and brief sprints, scrambling on the concrete both forward and backwards in order to safely create space between potentially hazardous waves. It was a major adrenaline rush, to say the least.

    I’d estimate that I was approximately 50-60% of the way out on the pier when it happened. I glanced back to check on my friend, only to see Ralph hunkered down and clinging for dear life to a bollard…as he was swept away by a huge wave, washing him over the other side of the pier toward the channel, down into the rocks.

    I immediately moved back toward where he was, all the while watching over my shoulder to remain cognizant of approaching waves. From a distance of 15-feet away, I spotted Ralph among the rocks with only his head visible above water, and without a stronghold for safety. Glancing back once more, I then saw him suddenly disappear into a trough of shifting waters, sinking an estimated 5-feet among the rocks and vanishing, out of sight. There was nothing I could do to help him.

    Then, only seconds later, the water crested, lifting Ralph up and out of that den of death, tossing him like driftwood on to the rocks, where he latched-on and was able to dash up the incline to the top of the pier.

    We hightailed it back to shore as quickly as possible, never again to challenge such a storm as was experienced on that day.

  • Retro Pop Art 3D Spheres

    Retro Pop Art 3D Spheres

    An infinite array of reflective metallic spheres aligned in rows, with a retro color scheme, geometric surface and close-up perspective. Check it out!

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

  • Road Trip

    Road Trip

    Rolling with four-wheels on an open road in search of adventure, up and around the bend. As Jerry Garcia noted, “What a long strange trip it’s been”. The next rest area is only one mile away, so why not find a spot to park and have a look at prints and/or other cool items in my gallery.

    You can discover many great gift-giving ideas featuring my design, which is based on a free photograph from unsplash.com. You might also enjoy a flashback to Alpine Valley, June 21-22, 1985…

    Song for Today

  • Pop Art Music

    For many folks, it doesn’t seem that long ago that cassette tapes were the principal means through which to enjoy listening to music. Wait a minute…how old am I? Ok, it was a while back. Nevertheless, you may enjoy this colorful pop art rendition of an audio cassette, shown here as a before & after. To create this design, I used my imagination, a free photograph found at unsplash.com, Affinity Photo and Filter Forge.

    You can find some cool stuff available in any of the following shops…

    Thanks!

  • Song for Today

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Music and Design

    Music and Design

    Songs that I’m listening to this morning while working with photography and/or creating designs…

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Flashback Collage

    Flashback Collage

    It was 1992 and I had a giant stack of old magazines and a pair of shears. At random intervals over a few months, I removed pages from the soon be to discarded magazines, later cutting away excess to retain only each given image of interest. Following that, I used a can of spray-glue to create several small scenes, after which the individual pieces were combined with creative filler strips I made to achieve full coverage. The entire collage was adhered to a large piece of cardboard, with edges ruled and then trimmed.

    This is the finished product. It measured roughly 2-feet by 3-feet and was framed under glass, hanging on a wall for over twenty years. After a long period of sustained exposure to sunlight, however, the collage eventually became bleached with a blue tint.

  • Lake Michigan

    Lake Michigan

    Step back in time to the sandy shores of yesteryear, on a windy autumn day at Lake Michigan. This vintage photograph was taken at the Holland State Park (Holland, Michigan) and is available on a variety of cool products in the following shops:

  • Listen To Music

    Here are a few songs you might enjoy:

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Flashback To Autumn

    Cumberland Plateau


    I shot this photograph last October while visiting the Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee. If you’d be interested in a print for a wall in your home or office, then visit my gallery to select a print suitable to your liking. Thank you!

  • Song For Today

    Song For Today
  • Smile For The Camera

    Smile For The Camera

    Do you remember when you were young, when technology courted convenience and great strides were being made to produce smaller cameras? Well, except for that rather cumbersome flash apparatus! “Say Cheese” and smile for the camera as you enjoy this flashback from yesteryear – the Kodak Hawkeye Pocket Instamatic Camera.