The Photographic Journal

Bright Idea

Essay 491 • Dec 11th 2021

It’s easy to neglect fun sometimes. We get locked into a routine and forget to take a break from ourselves. But life isn’t a race. We owe it to ourselves to enjoy the process. Plus, it can be as therapeutic as it is creative. Find a playground to try new styles and techniques. Luxuriate in the moment. Embrace your thoughts and feelings. Set the to-do list on fire, opting for a game of hoops or dog cuddles instead. Thank me later.


Jason Travis is a photographer, designer, illustrator, and musician based in Los Angeles. His work has been featured by CNN, USA Today, Gizmodo, BuzzFeed, BOOOOOOOM, and many more. He’s allergic to cats, carrots, and will forever love the 90s. He was TPJ’s 2020 Photographer-in-Residence.
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Model: Jessica Gadzinski
Special Appearance: Dave the Dog
Locations: House of Dandy & Concrete Studios LA
Wardrobe Provided by: ARQ

Check out Jason’s other TPJ photo essays:
Suburban Youth
Mind Glow
Vanished Spirits
Ellissa & Harry
Alley Cat
Flowers or Fruit
Isolation Station
Allergy Academy
Niza Jay
Inner Child
Headspace Parade
My Blue Heaven Happy Place
On A Roll