The Pillars of Scripps Pier

I have always been fascinated by the lines and shapes of piers. I think it’s the beautiful contrast of strictly defined pillars intersecting the fluid ocean that so captures my attention.

When I was a teenager, I took a picture beneath the pier at Pismo Beach with a disposable Kodak camera. I’d left my digital camera at home, with its whopping 3 megapixels and voracious appetite for AA batteries. Film felt easier.

After I got home from the trip, I took the camera in to be developed with the pictures digitized and put on CD. It only took a few days.

A couple of weeks ago I took this photo of the pillars of Scripps Pier with a Nikon D90. The image was taken, processed and now shared online for potential viewership in the thousands in a few hours.

I’m not making a case against film; simply an observation of how the landscape has changed. Digital is easier now for, among many reasons, its turnaround and accessibility. As exciting as digital photography was when it was new, it took time for the practicality to shift the balance in its favor.

We live in a time when new opportunities seem to crop up every day, despite how much we do or do not embrace them.

This scene, with its strong pillars and water that seems undaunted to continue past them, left me with this thought: Rigidness can help you withstand the tide of change, but flexibility will help you reach your destination.

The pillars of Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California

About Matthew Hansen

Matt is a photographer and graphic designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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