things around here have been so out of sorts lately that I don't know why it surprises me at all that I can't take a decent photo, but it does. There are some things that I just expect to come naturally, and when they don't I stress over them, which, as you can imagine, only makes things worse. It's because of this creative funk that I'm in, coupled with the need to share my photos with anyone who's interested on Saturday , that led me into the archives ("the vault" as my boss so lovingly refers to it). It's something that I've actually never done before. Well, of course I've dug into my archives before, but it's usually because I need a certain photo for a birthday gift, or because I've come across the perfect frame at the thrift store and now need to fill it. Usually when I'm having trouble taking photos, I spend hours paging through Flickr trying to get inspired, going to all the usual sites around the blogville, admiring all the usual suspects, but never once have I looked back to my own work to help me push through a creative block. At first it made me a little sad, because some of those photos from a few years ago were so good, they made me feel so good about the work I was producing back then, and made me realize how there's nothing too interesting coming out of the camera lately. But the more I looked, the happier I became. I realized that I could share these photos from a few years ago, after all, it was still my work, right? And, it made me relax a little bit, made me think that it's ok that I don't get the perfect shot on a daily basis. I remembered back to the experiences that were attached to these shots that I held with such high regard and realized that they were all taken at a time when I wasn't concentrating on the subject, I wasn't shooting to produce. I was living my life, and sharing experiences with people that are important to me and important to the state of my emotional health. The best shots came organically, out of the love for photography and the love for seeing these moments through my lens.