TV isn’t really something that we should use to gauge reality. It is really bad at doing that. Really bad.
Case in point — the Gilmore Girls. A charming story about a mother and a daughter living in this idllic place called Stars Hollow. It’s a town full of quirky characters and the town just looks so beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to live there?
I remember watching the show continually and thinking — that looks like any other town in New England. New England, I mean that’s a normal place. What’s so special about it? But then you realize that what’s normal and workaday is exotic to someone else. When I went to Chile, I couldn’t get over how beautiful the mountains were off in the distance in Santiago and the locals just said — eh, las montañas. That’s how I always felt when people were amazed by places like Stars Hollow or wherever I lived. Eh, it’s just New England.
But no, it’s actually really special. Here are some places that are close to home for me that I realized recently are pretty special and beautiful — Jamaica Plain and Walden Pond. Oh and these were shot on film, my first film shots in 15 years. Hence why they look like freshly done paintings. Enjoy.